The Lamar Vikings (5-2, 3-1) beat the Arlington Colts (3-4, 2-2) 51-21 at Cravens Field on Friday night in the 44th meeting between the two city rivals.
The drama started with Arlington’s opening drive of the second half. Already down 27-7, the Colts convincingly marched 66 yards to Raymond Sheard’s second touchdown of the night. It looked like the Colts had figured out Lamar’s game plan on offense after two straight Viking three-and-outs, but a muffed punt gave Lamar prime field position to score on a 43-yard keeper by quarterback Shane Buechele and extend the lead 34-14.
On the ensuing kickoff, Lamar was penalized 45 yards for a late hit and two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. Another unsportsmanlike conduct on the Vikings two plays later placed the Colts on the Lamar 10-yard line. Arlington quarterback Hunter Collins found Dustin Sproles on first and goal to cut the Viking lead to 13.
However, the momentum swung back in the Viking’s direction after Arlington’s onside kick failed to go 10 yards. Lamar took a commanding 37-21 lead into the fourth quarter after a Brent McQuitty field goal and Madre Harper interception.
The Vikings put the game away early in the fourth when Kofi Boateng took a Buechele handoff 77 yards for a score. The junior wide receiver eclipsed the 100-rushing yard mark for the first time in his career on only two carries of 77 and 35.
Sheard, District 4-6A’s leading rusher coming into the night, finished with a game-high 120 yards and 2 touchdowns. Lamar’s Buechele led all passers with 155 yards on 11 completions and a touchdown. The junior quarterback added 80 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.
The Colts will try to stop a two-game skid next week at home vs. Bowie, while Lamar will take a 3-1 district record on the road to North Crowley.
The Arlington Colts vs. Lamar Vikings game will be live audio and delayed video on Penny Sports... http://pennysports.com ... Mike Robinius and Bill Frawley on the webcast.