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The Vidalia Indians got two first-half touchdowns, and the Indian defense kept the Academy of Richmond County’s offense out of the end zone en route to a 22-3 win over the Musketeers Friday night in Augusta.

The Indians began the night on offense and converted one first down before bogging down and giving the ball to RCA at their 29-yard line. The Musketeers would go three and out on their first possession of the night, and following a punt to the Indian 41-yard line, the Indians would begin their first scoring drive of the night.

Using a combination of running and throwing the ball Bryce Davis and company would move the ball from the 41 to the 15-yard line in 11 plays. That’s when Davis would find a hole at right guard and tackle and scamper 15 yards for the Indians’ first score of the night. Following an unsuccessful 2 point attempt, the Indians led 6-0 with 27 seconds to go in the opening quarter. The drive covered 59 yards and took 5:51 off the clock. It was the first time the Indians had led in the first quarter.

The Indians would get the ball right back as the Vidalia defense forced the first of two fumbles on the night, recovering on the ARC 16-yard line. The Indian offense looked like they were primed to stretch the lead, but on the 4th play of the drive on 4th down, Davis overthrew Antonio Barron and was picked off in the end zone, leaving the score 6-0 with 11:29 to go in the half.

Again, the Musketeers would cough the ball up, and the Indians would take over at the ARC 31-yard line. But once again, the Indians could not convert the turnover into points and would give the ball back to the Musketeers at their 25-yard line.

The Indians and ARC would exchange punts on the following possessions, and each would punt the ball away with Vidalia beginning a scoring drive with 3:1 to go in the half. With the ball at their own 46-yard line, the Indians would secure three first downs before Davis would hit Antonio Barron on a tunnel screen at the 20-yard line, with Barron out racing the Musketeer defenders to the goal line giving the Indians a 12-0 following a missed PAT.

But ARC would not go quietly and took just 1:40 off the clock to set up a Reid Barfield 25-yard field goal, which was good and cut the Indian lead to 12-3 at the half.

The second half looked like the Musketeers would tighten the game up on their first possession, driving the ball 73 yards in 15 plays using a combination of quick throws and hard runs to the Indian 9-yard line. But with 4:22, the Indian defense would once again come up big, stopping the Musketeers on a 4th down pass that the Indian defenders broke up.

Neither team could get anything going until the Indians would mount a long drive of their own, a 12-play drive that would result in a Tate McDaniel 36 yard field goal, to make the score 15-3 with 7:47 to go the game.

Richmond Academy took the ball over on their own 35-yard line with 7:47 to go in the game. Again, the Vidalia defense would rise to the occasion forcing a three and out and forcing the Musketeers into another punting situation.

The Indians would take the ball over at the ARC 49 yard line, and eight plays later, Darrell Brown would plow his way into the endzone to make it 22-3 with 2:09 to go in the game. RCA would again find the Indian defense too much to handle, turning the ball over on downs and giving Vidalia the ball with 1:14 to go in the game.

One running play and the victory formation was ordered up, as the Indians moved to 1-2 on the year and will now host Stockbridge Friday night at Buck Cravey Field with a 7:30 kick. (Courtesy of Vidalia High School) 

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