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Vikings Turn It Around in 2nd Half
Woodbridge 20, No. 18 Battlefield 17

By Stephen A. Norris
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, November 17, 2007

When quarterback Jake Myer went down with a sprained knee in Woodbridge's second game of the season, Coach Keith King kept in mind Myer is also a standout third baseman and told the senior he understood if he wanted to quit football so he didn't hurt his chances of receiving a baseball scholarship.

Myer declined, and by staying with the sport, he might have saved the Vikings' season. Last night in a Northwestern Region semifinal at Battlefield, Myer completed 9 of 16 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown in the second half, leading the Vikings to a 20-17 come-from-behind victory over the No. 18 Bobcats (9-2) and their second consecutive region final.

"I think in his heart of hearts he said, 'I'm not going out like this, I'm a senior,' " King said.

"A lot of people doubted our ability to throw the ball, especially after losing two great receivers last year."

The Vikings (7-4) overcame a sloppy first half in which they were shut out 17-0. Myer had completed just 1 of 5 passes for 15 yards and an interception by halftime, and the Vikings' best offensive threat, running back De'Antwan Williams, had carried 13 times for 21 yards.

Both came through in the second half. Williams scored on runs of 21 and 38 yards, with the second touchdown giving the Vikings the lead with 5 minutes 10 seconds remaining in the game. Williams was nearly tackled in the backfield but leaped over one defender, broke a tackle and outran the rest of the defense up the right sideline.

"I knew I had a chance for us to win, and when I get a chance, I'm gonna get it," Williams said.

Sandwiched between Williams's touchdowns was a 54-yard pass from Myer to Kelvin Lewis, which put the Vikings within a touchdown at 17-12.

"If we can keep passing like this, that is just going to make people get out of the box," Myer said, "and Rocket [Williams's nickname] is the best back in the state, and if he has less than eight people in the box, who knows what he can do."

Woodbridge 20 No. 18 Battlefield 17 Defensive Effort: On top of pitching a shutout in the second half, the Woodbridge defense also came up with two big plays. Austin Brown had a fumble recovery on the Vikings 25-yard line with 1:42 remaining in the game, and Colin Frazier intercepted a pass with 52 seconds remaining to thwart Battlefield's final drive. Up Next: Woodbridge plays Gar-Field in the AAA Northwestern Region final next week. Woodbridge 20 No. 18 Battlefield 17 Defensive Effort: On top of pitching a shutout in the second half, the Woodbridge defense also came up with two big plays. Austin Brown had a fumble recovery on the Vikings 25-yard line with 1:42 remaining in the game, and Colin Frazier intercepted a pass with 52 seconds remaining to thwart Battlefield's final drive. Up Next: Woodbridge plays Gar-Field in the AAA Northwestern Region final next week.

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