VASJ lost, 31-14, to Gilmour Academy on Oct. 14, but the Vikings are still in control of their own destiny in the NCL White Division.
VASJ (3-5, 2-0 NCL White) got a touchdown run from Delanoe Harris and a TD pass from Harris to Chris Boykin, however the Vikings were unable to slow down GA and were hurt by 310 yards rushing and three touchdowns by the Lancers’ talented senior CJ Charleston.
The Vikings fell to 3-5 on the season and had a two-game winning streak snapped, but it was a non-conference game and VASJ remains unbeaten in the NCL White at 2-0 with games vs. Warren JFK and Cleveland Central Catholic upcoming in Week 9 and Week 10.
“I told the young men we still have a lot to play for and we have to focus on what we can control,” VASJ coach Bill Sowers said.
“Tonight, I thought they were better than we were up front and in the trenches. That’s a good team. And in the past few weeks we were good about slowing down the big plays and tonight we weren’t able to get it done.It was flipped. We usually get the big plays and stop the other team from the big play and tonight we just didn’t do enough to get it done. It wasn’t just Charleston, they did a lot of good things. They have a lot of playmakers.”
Gilmour (5-3) got three touchdown runs from Charleston in the first half and a field goal to take a 24-14 lead at the half.
The Lancers led, 17-6, when Harris hit Boykin for a 56-yard TD to pull to within five. A two-point conversion run by Harris made it a 17-14 game in the second quarter, but Gilmour responded with another touchdown run by Charleston.
The Lancers added a TD run in the third quarter to go up 31-14 and made the lead hold throughout the rest of the game.
“Offensively, we didn’t get it done in the second half, but we still have a lot to play for,” Sowers said.
“I told the team we have to refocus to play a team on a short week that won the state title in Division VII last year. It doesn’t matter what the records are, they are a program that we need to respect and get ready for.”
VASJ and Cleveland Central Catholic are both 2-0 in the NCL White and tied atop the league. The Vikings will finish the regular season at CCC in Week 10.
Harris threw for 188 yards and ran for 99 yard in the loss for VASJ. Nate Dean caught three passes for 73 yards for the Vikings.