Friday night the Vikings of Central Cabarrus were "thunderstruck" by the Hickory Ridge Ragin Bulls 28-26. This football game was played at Central Cabarrus High School and was a true "barn burner." The game went down to the wire as the Vikings had the ball on the Ragin Bulls 12 yard line with 1.4 seconds to go in the game. Trying to get off one last play to win, time ran out, as the officials wound the clock.
For the Hickory Ridge Ragin Bulls it was a night of "first's." In their third season, it was the first time the Ragin Bulls had come from behind to win the game. It was also the Ragin Bull's first kickoff return for a touchdown. Congratulations!
The Vikings struck first in the second quarter with a 75 yard run by Jarod Garrick and a 2 point conversion by Andrew Resendez. The score at halftime was Vikings 8, Ragin Bulls 0.
In the third quarter, Dillon Burdette blocked a punt attempt by the Vikings, giving the ball back to the Ragin Bulls offense. On the ensuing drive, the Ragin Bulls converted the turnover into points with a 4 yard touchdown run by Brian Baltimore. The score was now 8-6 in favor of the Vikings. In the next series, the Vikings were forced to punt. Thanks to the "Bull Rush" of Ryan McGill and the rest of his Ragin Bulls defensive teammates, the Vikings punter was forced to kick the ball into their own endzone for a safety. The score was now tied 8 to 8. After the safety, the Vikings kicked the ball to Ragin Bull John Martinez, who returned the kick 58 yards for Hickory Ridge's first ever kickoff return for a touchdown. After getting the ball back again, the Vikings were able to score on a 7 yard run by D.J. Watson. The score at the end of the third quarter, tied 14 to 14.