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Vikings runners like Austin Phillips found the going tough against an aggressive Lake
Norman Charter defense.
Photo by Josh Bare

Originally published: 2012-11-08 11:55:23
Last modified: 2012-11-08 11:55:23

Injuries, LNC speed too much in 48-0 loss to end Vikings football season

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Avery entered last week’s opening round of the NCHSAA 1-AA state playoffs without a duo of leading tacklers, two of its top leading receivers and a pair of quarterbacks. In fact, for the first time since the 2007 season, AHS had to play four signal-callers during the course of the season. Ironically enough, like that 2007 campaign, the 2012 Vikings ended its season in the first week of playoff action, as it fell 48-0 to Lake Norman Charter High School on Friday, Nov. 2, in Huntersville.

Lake Norman Charter pounced on the Big Red early, taking advantage of a pair of Avery turnovers to post 21 points in the opening quarter. On the flip side of the football, the Vikings could get nothing going against a Knights defense that played nine and 10 players at times within a couple of yards of the line of scrimmage and stuffed AHS’s strongest threat, its rushing attack. LNC dominated the stat sheet after the first period, outgaining the Vikings 132-9 in total offensive yards. 

LNC added a touchdown on a 34-yard touchdown pass in the final two minutes from quarterback Michael Dorsainvil to wide receiver Alex Scearce to push the Knights’ advantage to 28-0 at halftime.

Avery struggled with the speed of the Knights, primarily on defense, where running plays were routinely stopped for short yardage gains. Vikings quarterbacks Stetson Stafford and Austin Phillips found little time in the pocket when attempting to throw the football, as LNC linebackers routinely met in the Avery backfield, recording four quarterback sacks in the game.

Lake Norman Charter added a trio of touchdowns in the third quarter to pad its insurmountable advantage. Avery had one final opportunity in the fourth quarter to prevent the shutout, but a nine-play, 50-yard drive stalled when AHS failed on a fourth-down conversion at the LNC six-yard line.

Vikings senior Luke Childress led the Big Red with 81 yards on 30 rushing attempts, giving Childress more than 900 rushing yards for the season. Avery gained just 112 total yards for the contest, while LNC racked up 397 yards in total offense. Avery’s defense forced four Knights turnovers in the contest, with Tyler Whittington pacing the Big Red defense with 10 tackles. Josh Gragg added two fumble recoveries in the defeat.

Avery’s season ends with losses in eight of its final nine contests and a final record of 3-9 overall, with a 1-6 mark in conference play. AHS graduates only five seniors, but must replace its leading rusher in Luke Childress and tackler in Austin Robbie next season.