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Turnovers doom Vikings in 49-28 loss
Adairsville jumps ahead early, then holds off East Hall rally
East Hall quarterback Zach Groover makes a break for the end zone in the first quarter of Friday's game against Adairsville at Rabbittown. - photo by SARA GUEVARA

Scoring and turnovers were the name of the game Friday at East Hall Stadium.

The Adairsville Tigers (2-2,0-0) defeated the East Hall Vikings (1-3,0-0) 49-28 in a turnover-prone game filled with fumbles and interceptions.

Both teams fumbled the ball a combined 11 times. Eight times the ball changed possession.

"It is down to the mental game and maturity," Vikings coach Bryan Gray said. "When we fix it, we will be a machine. I'm very proud of all the kids."

First quarter was all Tigers. Adairsville jumped out to a 28-7 lead after one quarter on two Austin Bradford touchdown runs, a Desmond Chester 69-yard run and a Cody Kremer touchdown pass of 26 yards to Trey Gulledge.

The only score for the Vikings in the first quarter came on a 17-yard quarterback sneak by Zach Groover.

In the second quarter, East Hall running back Jamond Witt started rolling. Witt scored on runs of 72 and 77 yards, which brought the Vikings back to within seven at halftime.

"We were down, I just wanted to get us back in the game," Witt said.

Less than two minutes into the third quarter, Tigers running back Bradford ran in for his third touchdown of the game, giving the Tigers a 35-21 lead.

Witt matched Bradford with his third touchdown of the game late in the third quarter, bringing the Vikings back to within seven.

"We didn't give up." Witt said.

In the fourth quarter, the Tigers were able to finish off the Vikings when Chester scored his second touchdown of the game, this time on defense. Chester then picked off a Groover pass and returned it 40 yards for the touchdown.

Trey Gulledge added his second touchdown to give the Tigers the 21-point cushion.

"The biggest thing was East Hall's kids played hard," Adairsville coach Jim Kremer said. "We kept letting them come back to us, but we didn't panic. I'm very proud of my kids. But my hat goes off to Coach Gray."

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