VASJ fell to unbeaten and state-ranked Gilmour, 46-6, on Oct. 20 at Euclid.
CJ Charleston had 212 yards rushing and 4 TDs for GA.
With the win, the Lancers (9-0, 4-0 NCL) clinched a share of the NCL White championship. The Vikings fell to 3-6 overall and 3-1 in the league.
“I think the moment was a little too big for our young roster,” VASJ coach Bill Sowers said. “That was the first really big game in the careers of a majority of our players and we came out of the gates a little shaky.
“Gilmour and Coach Chris Kosorek did a great job of recognizing that and they capitalized on a number of our mistakes. It was great opportunity for our players to be involved in the preparation for such a huge contest and even though we didn’t perform to our potential I think we can grow from this experience moving forward not only to Week 10 but 2019 and beyond.
“I was proud of our enthusiasm and effort in the second half and I’m glad that some of our less experienced players were able to have some success once both teams started substituting late in the game. Specifically, freshman Jaelyn McIntyre at QB and sophomore Lavelle Smith at running back.”
Smith scored the lone touchdown for VASJ on a 3-yard run in the fourth quarter.