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Sanders scores twice, Indians defense controls Vikings

Jimmy Trodglen/

By Matthew Wix

CLARKSVILE, Tenn. – Montgomery Central beat the Northwest Vikings 14-7 in a game that was controlled by defense Friday.

The win moved the Indians to 3-1, while Northwest slipped to 3-1 with its first loss.

The game started with both teams trying to take control on the ground during their first drives. The Indians and Vikings’ defenses were able to hold each, respectively, scoreless through the first quarter before the Vikings blocked a short field goal with a minute left in the first quarter.

The second quarter was the same with both defenses forcing early turnovers. The Vikings recovered a fumble on the first play of the second, then the Indians retaliated to pick off quarterback Robert Baker with eight minutes left in the second.

Northwest’s defense contained Central running back Lakendriez Sanders in the first half until he broke loose for a 32-yard touchdown run with three minutes left before halftime.

Northwest made a change at quarterback in the second half and scored on a 27-yard touchdown pass from John Redden to Robert Baker to tie the score at 7-7 with five minutes left in the third quarter.

The Indians pinned the Vikings on a beautiful punt that flipped the field early in the fourth quarter. The change in field position eventually led to Sanders’ 1-yard touchdown run for a 14-7 Indians lead with 4:43 left in the game.

Northwest was able to put together a drive, but the Indians defense held.

Montgomery Central coach Jeff Tomlinson was pleased with the defense and the performance from Sanders.

“The defense was able to follow their keys and assignments, which allowed them to get the job done,” Tomlinson said. “He (Sanders) is important to our team and he is hard for anyone to bring down, so we have to ride that.”

Matthew Wix is an intern with Questions or comments can be directed to 

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