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FFE GAME OF THE WEEK: Northside runs past Amherst

By Karen Loftus, kloftus@wdbj7.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 04:57:50 AM EST
Updated On: Aug 30 2013 12:00:00 AM EDT

The Amherst County Lancers invaded Jim Hickam Field at Northside where the Vikings hadn't forgotten the beating they took last year on the road to open the season.

ROANOKE CO., Va. -

This week the Amherst County Lancers invaded Jim Hickam Field at Northside where the Vikings hadn't forgotten the beating they took last year on the road to open the season.

Northside was coming-off a 7-5 season last year, with two of those losses coming to Seminole District teams,including their season opener against the Lancers.

Amherst finished a respectable 9 and 3 season in their tough Seminole District that had two of its teams in state title games.

Dominic Dunnaville, "It was a big win, big win. I'm proud of my team, proud of my offensive line, proud of the defense, proud of the coaches. It was a good win."

Harold Buckner, 2 TDs in Win, "It's a big game. But we just practice every day. We talk to each other. We learn from each other and we just had a big game today."

Cecil Phillips, Amherst Head Coach, "We didn't execute very well tonight. Give credit to Northside. They're a very well coached team, very aggressive, very physical football team. We got to go back and have a little bit of a gut-check come practice on Monday. Get things corrected and get the ship righted and keep moving forward. It's going to be a challenge to how well we respond right now."

Burt Torrence, "It's not about me. It's them and their hard work and what they did to prepare themselves for tonight and how they showed up and performed at an extremely high level . I think it was very impressive. I don't think any body in the building wouldn't say that that was a very impressive victory."

The fans were out in full force for Amherst and Northside. The Lancers looked like they were going to control of this one from the jump, as Darius Wilson returned the opening kick-off all the way to the 22 yard line. That lead to a 42-yard Lancer field goal. 

Burt Torrence, Northside Head Coach, "We knew when the defense went out there in that situation and stood up and held them to 3, we knew that we were going to be pretty good on the defensive side of the ball tonight."

From there though, the Vikings took over in a big way. On their first possession of the game, Dominic Dunnaville connected with Harold Buckner in the endzone, capping-off a 74-yard drive which ate up more than 7 minutes of game clock. The Vikings took a 7-3 lead into the second quarter where they found the endzone 2 more times before the half. On 3rd and 14 from the 43, Dunnaville hit Buckner in stride and he was in for this second TD of the game. 

Dominic Dunnaville, Vikings Quarterback, "We kind of figured that their corners liked to bite so the deep ball was there a lot of times. During the summer we have a lot of 7 on 7s so we were getting the passing game ready for the regular season."

Then with 30 seconds to play before the half, the Vikings stuck with the passing game. This time it was Dunnaville to Ben Plunkett down the sideline. And just like that, Northside took a 21-point lead into the locker room. The Lancers caught a break when Toney Green recovered a Vikings fumble and returned it to the 4-yard line. Then just 3 plays later, Clarence Henley punched it in for the 2 yard score to cut the Northside lead to 24-10, but that was as close as the Lancers got. Northside tacked on another TD and field goal, going-on to win 33 to 10.