It was Senior Night, the last game of the regular season and an opportunity to give Coach Sanders his 100th career victory. The Vipers delivered with a hard fought 20-17 victory over Stony Point. Since the Belton 7 on 7 tournament this past summer, Stony Point was hell bent on proving they were better than the Vipers. Not this season, not in our house. Sorry Tigers. You disrespect the Vipers and you’re going to get their fangs.
The Vipers started the game with the ball and set the tone. In 5 plays and in less than three minutes, the Vipers struck first blood to make it 7-0. The drive was highlighted by a 56 yard pass from QB Dru Dawson to WR Trey Mongauzy and a beautifully placed 19 Yard TD pass from Dawson to Mongauzy in the back corner of the end zone. The Viper D forced a 3 and out on the Tigers first possession. On the Tigers second possession, they drove 56 yards capped by a Kendall Thomas 4 yard carry to knot the score at 7-7. Late in the 1st half, the Vipers put together an 11 play drive capped by a 28 YD FG by K Charlie Fournier. The Vipers went into halftime leading 10-7.
The Tigers opened the 2nd half with the ball. They drove 52 yards in 8 plays but the Viper D stiffened and forced and a Stony Point 35 Yard FG. The kick was good and we were back to a tie ball game at 10-10. The Vipers had two straight possessions inside the Stony Point 10 yard line but couldn’t convert on fourth down on either drive. At the end of the 3rd quarter it remained Vandegrift 10 and Stony Point 10. The Viper D forced another STP punt to start the 4th quarter. For the 3rd straight drive, the Vipers drove inside the STP 10 yard line yet once again the drive stalled. This time, the Vipers chose to attempt a FG to take the lead. Charlie Fournier’s kick was good from 25 yards and with 8:34 left in the game, the Vipers recaptured the lead 13-10. On the Tigers next possession, the Viper D showed their mettle by once again stopping the Tigers this time by a CB Logan Arnold pass break up on 4th and 4. The Viper O took over on the STP 46 yard line. This critical 4th quarter drive turned into the Beau Dawson show. The Viper O swiss army knife TE/WR/RB/Wildcat QB started the drive with a physical 33 yard run. On the carry, Beau Dawson ran over 2 STP defenders. On the next play, Beau Dawson carried it for 5 yards. After an incomplete pass and a 3 yard carry by RB Ryan Sheppard, the Vipers turned back to Beau Dawson. On 4th a 2 from the 5 yard line, Beau Dawson setup in the Wildcat formation. Escorted in the formation by lead blockers Jordan Cochran and Austin Skoglund, a determined Beau Dawson barreled into the end zone. Beyond key Cochran and Skoglund’s blocks, other critical blocks on the play were a pancake block by RT Landon Thomason and a nice seal block by TE Brady Middleton. With 4:26 left in the game, the Vipers now led 20-10. On the next series for STP, on the very first play DB Kaleb Lewis made an incredible read on the STP pass and made a leaping interception that he returned 29 yards to the Tiger 10 yard line. Key to the Lewis interception was the pressure that was put on STP QB Kyle Overton on the play. DT Jordan Cochran stormed past the Center and flushed Overton from the pocket. Additional pressure from DT Joseph Clark and DE Grayson Ratcliff forced Overton into a hurried throw. While once again the Viper O stalled inside the red zone, they were able to chew precious time off the clock. STP was able to get the ball in the end zone as time expired to make the final score Vandegrift 20 and Stony Point 17.
Game Notes – The Vipers ran their district undefeated winning streak to 16 games. The Vipers have now won 20 consecutive regular season games. In the last two years, the Vipers are 22-1. The Vipers were able to get Coach Sanders his 100th win. Congratulations Coach! Stat Leaders – Dru Dawson 13/20 for 169 yards and a TD. Ryan Sheppard 23 carries for 108 yards and Beau Dawson 14 carries for 100 yards and a TD. Trey Mongauzy 8 Receptions for 124 yards and a TD. The D was led by JJ Parker 13 tackles and 2 TFL’s, Grayson Ratcliff with 3 sacks, Jax McCauley with 12 tackles and a hurry, Ryan Arnold and Tyler Mongauzy with 10 tackles, Logan Arnold with 7 tackles and 3 PD’s, Kaleb Lewis with 6 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 INT and 1 PD, Joseph Clark with a sack and Jordan Cochran with 2 hurries. #TookWhatsOurs #BeatBridgeland
-By Morgan Radocha