The Vidalia Indians got a 28 yard Ben Cato Field Goal with 5:16 to go in the 3rd quarter and then got two turnovers in the 4th quarter, including an interception by Derman Simmons with 14 sec in the game to hang on and beat Bacon Co. 10-7 Friday night in Alma. With the win the Indians improve to 2-3 on the year and 2-1 in Region 2AA play.

Bacon County would get on the board first following a fumble on the first play from scrimmage by the Indians after a 19 yard pick-up giving the ball to the Raiders on the Vidalia 42 yard line.

Bacon County would take 9 plays and  3 min and 7 seconds to punch it in on an Anthony Madison 2 yd run to make it 7-0 following the PAT with 8:37 to go in the first quarter.

Vidalia would answer with a long drive on the ensuing possession, going 80 yards in 16 plays, mixing up inside and outside running plays and taking 9:22 off the clock to make it 7-6, when Kris gay scored from 10 yards out. Following a Ben Cato PAT the score was tied 7-7 with 11:14 to go in the half.

Neither team could move the ball effectively the rest of the half, with both defenses making stops and forcing punts and the half would end with Garrett Gillis grabbing his first interception of his career on the Vidalia 1 yard line and returning it to the 31 yard line.

The second half was more of the same with neither team able to put it in the end zone. The Vidalia defense would force a three and out on Bacon’s first possession and force a punt taking the ball on their own 45, with 10:36 to go in the 3rd quarter. The Indians would move the ball down to the Bacon 9 yard line, before bogging down at the 11 following a third down loss. Then on 4th down Ben Cato would connect on his first ever field goal from 28 yards out to make it 10-7 with 5:16 to go in the quarter.

From there the Indian defense would make stop after stop on the Bacon offense including a 4th and 2 stop from the Vidalia 7 yard line. The Indians would also recover a fumble at the Vidalia 10 and then seal the deal with 14 seconds to play when Derman Simmons intercepted a Raider pass at the goal line to preserve the win.

On the night the Indians rushed for 203 yards with Tahj Watts leading the way with 50 yards on 13 carries, followed by Derman Simmons with 38 and Santuan Wells and Chris Gay adding 30 yards each.

Bacon County was led by Anthony Madison who accounted for 135 of their 141 yards rushing and Dawson Jewell ended the night 14 for 23 through the air for 144 yards.

The Indians get the week off before coming back on October 13th to face Jeff Davis at home for Homecoming 2017, with Kickoff set for 7:30. 

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