CONNELL – The Mabton Vikings didn’t give up last Friday against Liberty High School of Spangle.
The Vikings recovered from a 16-0 first quarter deficit to secure a 19-16 victory.
“Our defense started slow…it was nice to see our team play from behind and win,” said Mabton Coach Trevor Curtis.
In the second quarter the Vikings got on the scoreboard with a touchdown. Mabton was still behind 16-6 at halftime, but rallied to score a second touchdown on the second possession in the third quarter.
With just two minutes on the clock in the fourth quarter, the Vikings scored the winning touchdown.
Alex Espinoza caught a pass from Roy Zavala and ran it into the end zone.
“It came down to our ‘D’ to hold them and run down the clock.
“We knew they (the Lancers) were a similar team (to Mabton). It came down to whomever could hold back the drive,” said Curtis.
Zavala threw the ball for 200 yards and three touchdowns. He connected on 14-of-27 passes and ran the ball for 75 yards.
Teammate Albert Sanchez rushed for 42 yards, caught the ball twice for 25 yards and scored a touchdown.
Tony Espinoza was responsible for the third touchdown. He had two catches for 20 yards.
Rushing for 18 yards was Isaac Ochoa, and Emiliano Rodriguez had four catches for 61 yards.
Sanchez also intercepted the ball twice, and teammate Luis Galarza recovered a fumble.
“It was really nice to see our defense shut down (Liberty’s) offense,” Curtis said of the Vikings’ performance.
He said he is looking forward to seeing the Vikes come together this coming Friday at Dayton.
“It’s another winnable game,” Curtis said.
Mabton is 2-6 on the season and will finish the 2013 campaign on the 2B Bulldogs home turf.