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The Vidalia Indians had the number one team in the state on the ropes for three quarters before the Benedictine Cadets pulled away with two late touchdowns to down Vidalia 27-7 Friday night in Vidalia.

The Indians set the tone for the game early on when Derman Simmons took the opening kick from the 5 yard line to the BC 35 to set up the Indians first possession. The Indians would drive it down to the Cadet 3 yard line before seeing the drive stall and settling for a 20 yard field goal attempt that sailed wide to the right.

BC wasted no time taking the early lead going 80 yards on just 4 plays when Nick Iannone hit Travis Blackshear on a 50 yard catch and run to give BC the lead 7-0 with 6:52 to go in the first quarter.

Neither team was able to produce any points the rest of the half with Derman Simmons securing the Indians first interception of the year, picking off an Iannone pass in the end zone as time expired in the first half.

The Indians defense would come out in the second half and force BC to a three and out, forcing a punt which pinned the Indians deep in their own territory at the 11 yard line. From there the Indians would take it down the field mixing up running and passing plays and driving it 89 yards on 13 plays to tie the game on a 6 yard pass from Hall Graham to Kris Gay to make 7-7 after Ben Cato’s first ever PAT with 2:12 left to go in the 3rd quarter.  

With the crowd into the game, the defense would appear to get a stop and drop the Cadets behind the line, but a penalty for “cutting” and offensive player would give the Cadets a first down at the Vidalia 47 yard line. But the defense would again make a stop and force BC into a 4th and 17 situation from the Indian 25. It was there that the game turned when Iannone would hook up with Blackshear again for the 25 yard touchdown to make it 14-7 with1:02 to go in the 3rd quarter.

From there BC would score on a 60 yard run by Blackshear and a 50 yard run by Jakeem Harris to make the final score 27-7. Vidalia had a chance to cut the lead on the last play of the game but a Hall Graham to Daniel Collins pass fell incomplete to end the game.

With the loss the Indians fall to 1-3 on the year and 1-1 in Region 2AA play and will next travel to Alma Friday night to take on Bacon Co. who lost to Toombs Co. 20-14 Friday night in Lyons.  

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