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11 10 18 VHS FootballThe Vidalia Indians scored two defensive touchdowns late in the 4th quarter to pull within 6 points of the Washington County Golden Hawks but the comeback fell short as the Indians fell 31-25 in the 1st round of the AA State Playoffs Friday night in Vidalia. With the loss the Indians end the season with a record of 9-2, while Washington County moves on to play Brooks County next week in Quitman.

The Indians took the opening possession of the game and drove the ball from their 42 yard line to the WACO 31 before bogging down and turning the ball over on downs. The Hawks would then strike on their 1st play from scrimmage as Dyquan Bloodsaw took the ball on a direct snap and run around the left side, avoiding would be tacklers and scampering 69 yards to put the Hawks up 6-0 with 8:53 to go in the opening quarter as Preston Daniels PAT went wide of its mark.

The Indians 2nd possession would be a three and out and force a Grady Blount punt which traveled 34 yards giving the ball to the Hawks at the their 37 after a return of six yards. Two first downs and 5 plays later the Hawks would score their second touchdown of the night on a Daniels to Zeri Taylor 25 yard pass down the left side with 4:56 to go in the quarter. WACO would go for two and come up short making the score 12-0.

The Indians would then make some noise of their own. Following a 53 yard kick return by Bryce Davis the Indians would run 5 plays before hitting pay dirt on a Nyshun Bell 5 yard run to make the score 12-6 as Grady Blount’s kick sailed wide right with 2:18 to go in the opening quarter.

Washington County would answer with a score of their own on their next possession. Moving the ball from their 32 yard line the Hawks used Bloodsaw and Malik Hall along with Daniels to march 68 yards in 11 plays to go up 19-6 when Bloodsaw would score his 2nd of 3 touchdowns on an 8 yard run. Daniels PAT would hit the mark this time with 9:29 to go in the half.

The Hawks would get the ball back on Vidalia’s 5th play on an interception at their 42 which was Marc Wardlaw’s first of the year. But two plays later Bryant Phillips would recover a WACO fumble on the Hawks 46 yard line with 5:49 to go in the half.

The Indians would get runs of 8 yards and 9 yards to the 28 yard line before Chris Gay would go 28 yards down the right sideline for the Indians 2nd score of the night to make the score 19-12 with 3:51 to go in the half following a missed PAT. Neither team would be able to move the ball on their next possessions and the score at the half remained 19-12.

The 2nd half belonged to Washington County on offense and defense with the Indians running just 11 plays on offense. The Hawks would go up 25-12 with 4:46 to go in the third quarter and then make it 31-12 with 7:19 to go in the game.

Washington County had a chance to put the game away with 7:00 minutes to go in the game when Vidalia fumbled the ball on their 28 yard line. But Sheldon Washington would run down the Hawk running back from the backside forcing a fumble which was scooped up by Torre Bellamy and returned 72 yards for an Indian score to make the score 31-19 following Grady Blount’s PAT.

Washington County would then recover an onside kick attempt at midfield and drive the ball to the Indian 24 yard line before the Indian defense would come up big again. On 2nd down the WACO back would go around the left side, but would be chased down from the backside again, this time by Cailyn Jordan who would force a fumble and then pick the ball up and scamper 64 yards to the end zone for the score to make it 31-25 following a missed PAT with 1:36 to go in the game.

The Indians would again attempt an onside kick which was recovered by Daniels, and following three plays would run out the clock to win 31-25.(Picture by John Conner)

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