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Raiders run wild past Vikes

By RICKEY CLARDY ~ Sports Writer
Posted 10/24/22

UNIONVILLE — The Community Vikings did not have an answer for the explosive offense of the Hart County Raiders Friday night as the Raiders came from Kentucky to Tennessee and defeated the …

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UNIONVILLE — The Community Vikings did not have an answer for the explosive offense of the Hart County Raiders Friday night as the Raiders came from Kentucky to Tennessee and defeated the Vikings 50-0.
The opening drive for Community (1-8) showed some promise as a 12-yard pass from Dallas Grooms to Ramon Hernandez resulted in a first down. The Vikings could not gain another first down as a fourth-down conversion attempt was unsuccessful.
The Raiders quickly responded on their initial possession as Kameron Asbury ran 43 yards on a double handoff to put Hart County up 6-0 with 6:34 left in the first quarter.
An onside kick recovery gave Hart County possession in Viking territory.
The Raiders made it 12-0 with 4:44 left as Keaton Walters completed a 14-yard pass to Kohnner Trent.
A run of 10 yards by Emery Smith and a 5-yard run by James Bowling were the highlights on the next Viking possession as Community chalked up two first downs before an unsuccessful fourth-down attempt as the game went to the second quarter.
It was a tough quarter for the Vikings as the Raiders added three touchdowns to increase their advantage. Community could not get its offense going as a fumble and a three-and-out helped Hart County to take a 36-0 lead into the break.
With reserves from both teams seeing plenty of action in the second half, the Raiders added a touchdown in the third quarter to go up 42-0.
A bright spot on the final possession of the quarter for the Vikings was the running of sophomore J.J. Jacobs.
Jacobs returned from an injury early in the season and contributed several effective runs, including a rush of 16 yards as the game moved to the fourth quarter.
"J.J. has been our running back. We had him in early in the season but he got injured," Coach Chris Grooms of the Vikings said. "We just got him back healthy."
The Raiders added a final score in the closing minute to go up 50-0. Jacobs finished with another double-digit run of 17 yards to close out the game.
"Hart County is a good team. They remind me of Forrest the way they run the wing-T," Grooms said.
"A lot on our end was execution," Grooms added. "We knew what was coming. If you can't get off the block, then it happens."
"In the second half, I enjoyed how we played," Grooms said. "We had a bunch of new kids out there and moved the ball pretty well."
Community moves its attention to the playoffs as the Vikings travel to Grundy County Thursday night for a Region 4-3A matchup to close out the regular season with a TSSAA Class 3A playoff spot on the line for the winner.
Game time is 7 p.m.
It will be a short week for Grooms and the Vikings with the game being played on Thursday night.
"We've got to jump in on Monday which is our day off to get our work in and get ready to go so we'll be ready for that Thursday night game," Grooms said.

Hart Co. 12 24 6 8 — 50
Community 0 0 0 0 — 0

First Quarter
HC – Kameron Asbury 43 run, (pass failed), 6:34.
HC – Kohnner Trent 14 pass from Keaton Walters, (run failed), 4:44.
Second Quarter
HC – Walters 1 run, (Joshua Dan Crump run), 7:53.
HC – Clark Rexroat 21 pass from Walters, (Crump run), 2:08.
HC – Rexroat 9 run (Rexroat run), 0:47.
Third Quarter
HC – Christian Martin 1 run, (pass failed), 5:06.
Fourth Quarter
HC – Asbury 5 run, (Martin run), 0:50.

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