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Salem at Northside

By Karen Loftus, kloftus@wdbj7.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 08:01:36 AM EST
Updated On: Sep 20 2013 12:00:00 PM EDT

Salem Vs. Northside

ROANOKE CO., Va. -

 There were several big games across the region this, perhaps none bigger than the one at Northside against Salem

Northside's Jim Hickam Field where Salem tried to shake off last week's stumble against William Byrd, against a Vikings team that had won just 3 times in the last 21 tries against the Spartans.

The Salem defense, which had some issues last week, faced another challenge tonight against Dom Dunnaville, Tra Jackson, and the explosive Northside offense.

The undefeated Vikings are the team to beat, putting-up convincing wins in all of their games to this point. They returned to the home crowd to host Salem after back-to-back road games.

It was a tie ball game at the break, then in the third Northside got a big stop as Salem failed to convert on 4th down and the Vikings took over from their own 41.

On the next play, Dominic Dunnaville was looking for a receiver but had to use his legs instead. He escaped a few defenders, got some blocks and got all the way to the Spartans 34 yards line, and he was fired-up after that smooth 25-yard gain.

A few plays later, Dunnaville found Harold Buckner in the endzone from 17 yards out, and Northside took the 17-10 lead. The Vikings got a crucial pick in the 4th and then control the clock on one final drive.

Northside  hung on for the win, shutting-out Salem in the second half. The final 17-10. Northside now 4 and 0 while Salem has lost two straight.

Burt Torrence, Northside Head Coach, "Young men are faced with adversity and many obstacles in their lives and to see these young men have some adversity this week and know that they were going to be behind the 8 ball to begin the game tonight and come out and perform at the level in which they did and shut out a really good football team here in the second half says a whole lot about them."

Steve Magenbauer, Salem Head Coach, "Really we did the things we wanted to do but their big play capability is sort of what got us tonight. They had a lot of big plays and we had trouble containing some of that speed that they had."