A late comeback fell short for the Vinton County Vikings as they fell 28-20 to the Fairfield Union Falcons in a non-conference football game. With the loss, the Vikings drop to 1-2 while Fairfield improves to 2-1.
For the fourth week in a row, including the jamboree game at Southeastern, the defense came up with points.
Against the Falcons, cornerback Donnie Stevens picked off a pass and returned it 31-yards it into the end zone. The pic broke the ice midway through the first quarter and although the extra-point failed, the Vikings held a 6-0 lead with 11:10 left in the first quarter.
However, that would the only score for Vinton County scoring until midway through the third quarter.
The Falcon's offensive unit scored 21 unanswered points in the second quarter, taking the lead when quarterback Zach Shinn found Spencer Conrad for a 39-yard strike to give them a 7-6 lead.
Their next score came on the ground when Tyler Wolfe ran the ball in from three-yards out at the 6:16 mark to give the Falcons a 14-6 lead.
Then a touchdown pass from Shinn made a toss to John LaRock to go in at the halftime break with a 21-6 lead.
The Falcons' Tyler Wolfe scored on a four-yard touchdown run with 6:27 left in the third quarter to take a 28-6 lead.
The Vikings, though, began their comeback, as Jayden Spires scampered in from 44-yards, but the two-point conversion failed and the Vikings trailed 21-12.
In the fourth quarter, Naylan Yates ran in on a quarterback keeper to come within a touchdown at 28-20 in the fourth quarter.
But that would be all the scoring for the remainder of the game, as Fairfield Union held on for the win.
Vinton County had several leaders in the contest as Jayden Spires led the team with 75 yards on nine carries. Through the air, Yates was 9-for-33 for 75 yards while Shinn completed 11 of 19 passes for 175 yards for the Fairfield Union.
Leading the Vikings in reception was Lincoln Hayes with four receptions for 39 yards, while Hunter Nichols caught the ball three times for 28 yards.
The Vikings return to action Friday night when they travel to the banks of the Ohio River to face the Meigs Marauders in the TVC Ohio Division opener.