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Austin Phillips eludes a diving Pioneers tackler in varsity football action last week. Photo by Skip

Originally published: 2013-09-18 15:11:50
Last modified: 2013-09-18 15:12:34

Vikings football gives up 57 in border skirmish defeat to Pioneers

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From the opening kickoff of the rival contest on Friday, Sept. 13, between Avery and Watauga, it appeared the jinx was present on both teams' defenses. The Vikings and Pioneers lit up the scoreboard for a combined 83 points, with the Pioneers prevailing by the final score of 57-36 at MacDonald Stadium.

WHS got the scoring underway immediately, as returner Cameron Baker brought back the opening kickoff of the game 96 yards for a score and early 7-0 Pioneers lead.

Avery was held to three-and-out on its first offensive series of the contest and punted. With its ensuing possession, Watauga marched 75 yards in 10 plays, capped by a 19-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Aaron Dobbins to receiver Hunter Isaacs. A Stephen Shirley extra-point kick spotted the Pioneers a 14-0 lead with 7:17 left in the opening period.

After a second punt in as many series for Avery, Watauga looked to build on its lead. The Vikings defense had other ideas, however, as it forced a Dobbins fumble that was recovered by Avery's Payton Lowery inside the WHS 20-yard line. Four plays later, AHS quarterback Tre Jackson raced five yards into the end zone to put the Big Red on the scoreboard. Jackson's PAT cut the WHS lead in half at 14-7. 

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