HOUSTON — The Dulles Vikings pulled out all the stops Saturday at Tulley Stadium in Houston. Coach Shane Byrd’s squad successfully executed two fake punts in an attempt to grab the win, but the Spartans were able to score late to secure the 21-13 victory.
The Vikings caught a few breaks on defense that resulted in three empty possessions in the red zone for Stratford.
The opening drive for Stratford was stalled by a sack from senior Dominick Williams. The Spartans coughed up the football going into the end zone for a touchback in the second quarter and sophomore Carter Truscott intercepted a Spartan pass in the end zone late in the game.
On offense, Dulles did what Dulles does. The Vikings ran the ball and controlled the clock.
Seniors Jalen Brown and Devin Graham combined for 144 yards rushing on 36 attempts.
Brown got the Vikings on the board in the first quarter, he broke through the line untouched for a 31-yard touchdown to tie the game seven each.
Senior Alfred Antwi helped the Vikings close the gap in the third quarter with a lengthy drive that lasted nine minutes and covered 56 yards. Dulles converted two fourth-down plays including a fake punt.
Unfortunately, the extra point was failed and Dulles trailed 14-13 with 12 minutes left in the game.
Senior Jordan Smith scored a rushing touchdown to put the Spartans up for good in the fourth quarter.
Dulles finished with 262 rushing yards on 55 carries, averaging 4.8 yards per carry. Senior Jaxon Tilley led the defense, collecting 16 tackles and one tackle for loss.
Junior Brady Oltremari converted one extra point.
Dulles (2-1) will have a short week, hosting Clements (3-0) Thursday at 6 p.m.