Vinton County’s Matt Hembree celebrates touchdown.

Vinton County’s big fourth quarter seals the deal for the Vikings

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CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio (WOUB) — The Vinton County Vikings stole a win from the Circleville Tigers this Friday night with a final score of 19-8. In this slow-paced game, it was the Vikings fourth quarter effort that sealed the deal. This game had redemption written all over it as both teams entered week two coming off of a loss in their season opener.  

The first quarter saw Vinton County take an early 6-0 lead after scoring on their first drive. Quarterback Parker Shonborn rushed in for a three-yard touchdown, but was denied on the two-point conversion.  

Later in the first quarter Circleville responded after running back Jude Blair had a monster 76-yard rush to put the Tigers in scoring position. Blair capped the drive off with a nine-yard rushing touchdown. WR Jack Kline converted the two-point conversion, giving Circleville an 8-6 lead.

The second quarter was slow for both teams until wide receiver Matt Hembree got things going for the Vikings with a 36-yard rushing touchdown. The Tiger defense held the Vikings on the two-point conversion, giving Vinton County a 12-8 lead entering the half.  

Both teams went scoreless in the third quarter. It wasn’t until late into the fourth that offensive momentum returned.  

A blocked punt gave Vinton County the energy they needed to seal the deal. Running back Layne Haybron closed the Viking drive off with a one-yard rushing touchdown. A completed extra point would make the score 19-8 in favor of the Vikings. 

After their score, Vinton County’s attempted onside kick was successful and all but sealed the deal.  

Vinton County (1-1) will travel to Trimble next week for a big Tri-Valley Conference matchup. 

Circleville (0-2) is hoping to get in the win column next week when they travel to face Westfall.