What if . . . Woodbridge hadn't committed six turnovers?

The Vikings gave away three fumbles and threw three interceptions yet lost just 12-7 to the seven-time defending region champion.

The first fumble came on first down at the Hylton 47, with Woodbridge trying to add to a 7-0 lead, and another came on the Vikings' 16-yard line, which set up a short field for the winning touchdown.

"I never like to be involved in a game that when you leave the game you go, 'Well, what if this would have happened or what if we would have called different plays,' " Woodbridge Coach Keith King said. "Don't say that. The game is played by those things. They're played by mistakes and fumbles and interceptions. It's just the way the game goes. There's no what-if to it."

Despite the turnovers, the Vikings' defense gave up only two touchdowns and stopped Hylton on fourth and goal from the one at the end of the first half to cling to a 7-6 lead. Woodbridge also blocked a field-goal attempt in the third quarter.

"What I'm proud of," King said, "is that last year was the first year we got in the playoffs [under the current coaching staff], and we said, 'Can you guys . . . build on what they did last year?' I think they did that. I think they've taken the program and turned it around and built on it."

How about . . . Hylton junior safety Rondell Kelley and senior defensive end Rakeem Stewart?

Kelley had two of the Bulldogs' three interceptions and Stewart had two of the Bulldogs' three fumble recoveries.

Against Woodbridge three weeks ago, Kelley returned an interception for a touchdown. The ones Friday did not go for scores, but they may have prevented scores. The second one came with 1 minute 38 seconds to play on a deep pass.

"Last year we didn't have such a great season in the secondary," Kelley said. "We're trying to show everybody we can cover receivers out here . . . You never want to give up the big play."

Kelley had plenty of help in the secondary Friday, with senior Darren James tipping one of the interceptions and with senior Marshall Dill picking one off. The Bulldogs intercepted Woodbridge five times in three games last year.

From defensive end, Stewart also has been vital on a unit that has given up a touchdown or less in 10 of 11 outings.

"It just happened," Stewart said of his recoveries. "I just see it and react to it."


Hylton running back Courtney Anderson scored the winning touchdown on a one-yard run in the fourth quarter.