Tennesse Valley Vipers Silence South Georgia Wildcats

Chris Yow@@ChrisYow14Analyst IMay 4, 2009

The mission was for the Tennessee Valley Vipers to win their third contest in a row and silence the defending south division champion, South Georgia Wildcats.

It did not take long for the Vipers to do both.

Tennessee Valley improved to 4-2 on the season with the 54-28 win over South Georgia. The Wildcats fell to 5-2, keeping a half game lead over Tennessee Valley in the division.

Quarterback Kevin Eakin led the Vipers on a quick 2:52 drive drawing first blood with a touchdown pass to Larry Shipp.

Tennessee Valley got their first of several first half stops on the ensuing drive, halting the Wildcats on downs and turning the turnover into another touchdown to stretch the lead to 13-0.

However, South Georgia responded with a quick 45-yard drive on three plays that ended with Darnell Kennedy finding Alvance Robinson for the score.

The Wildcats would not sniff the end zone for the rest of the half. The Vipers scored on a two-play drive to answer the touchdown. Then forced a Kennedy fumble and capitalized with a Chris Bocage touchdown reception.

Another Wildcats fumble gave the Vipers another shot to extend the lead, but Eakin misfired into a Wildcats' hands. Bradly Chavez would end the ensuing drive with a pick of his own.

Shipp then hauled in another touchdown, and Chavez returned a fumble for a touchdown on the Wildcats next possession.

After the damage was done, Tennessee Valley led 47-7 at the end of the first half.

The second half, however, would turn the tides a little in favor of South Georgia. The Wildcats punched it in on their first possession to close the gap to 47-14.

South Georgia forced a long field-goal attempt that was not even attempted as Nick Hayes booted it out of bounds. The Wildcats responded with another touchdown, edging closer at 47-21.

Robinson hauled in his second touchdown pass for the Wildcats after a goal-line stand by the defense and cut into the lead to 47-28. That was as close as they would come, however.

Chris Bocage capped the scoring off with a reception to extend the lead to 54-28, where the Vipers would hold on for the win.

The win should give the Vipers confidence heading into a long road trip. Tennessee Valley visits Corpus Christi next week to battle the 1-4 Sharks, who lost 66-48 at Florida last week.