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Vikings drop thriller to Northwest in 4OT

Symmes Valley Vikings’ Eli Patterson (54) and Trent Turner (44) combine to make the stop on Northwest’s Ashton Hall (4) during Friday’s Southern Ohio Conference game. The Vikings lost their season finale in a thriller, 32-28 in four overtimes. (Courtesy of Robert S. Stevens & Gold Studio In Ironton)

Jim Walker
jim.walker@irontontribune.com

WILLOW WOOD — Now that’s a dramatic ending.
In a game that went four overtimes, the Northwest Mohawks outlasted the Symmes Valley Vikings 32-26 in a Southern Ohio Conference game on Friday, the season finale for both teams.
“I thought our kids left everything on the field. Our effort was tremendous. We had opportunities but we couldn’t capitalize,” said Vikings’ coach Rusty Webb.
“I thank our seniors for their leadership and effort and we wish them our best.”
Symmes Valley (4-6, 1-5) ran the ball 71 times for 357yards and had 378 total yards along with 23 first downs.
Keifer Wilson ran 31 times for 141 yards and caught two passes for 21 yards. Josh Ferguson had 131 yards on 15 carries and Jack Leith 53 yards on 18 tries.
However, they fumbled nine times in the rain and lost three.
Northwest (2-8, 2-4) ran for 188 yards and Ashton Hall was 7-of-16 for 114 yards and two interceptions as the Mohawks had 302 total yards and 16 first down.
The Vikings went up 7-0 in the second quarter on a 1-yard run by Leith. Gavin Yates kicked the conversion.
Northwest scored on a 68-yard run by Brayden Campbell in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 7-6.
Wilson’s 4-yard scoring run made it 13-6 in the fourth quarter.
After recovering a Northwest fumble, the Vikings went up 20-6 on a 4-yard run by Ferguson.
But Nathan Rivers ran 6 yards and Evan Throckmorton’s kick closed the gap to 20-13.
The Mohawks recovered the onside kickoff and Campbell got loose on a 50-yard run to tie the game.
Neither team scored in the first and second overtimes, but then Rivers went 6 yards and it was 26-20.
The Vikings tied the game on a 1-yard run by Wilson.
Symmes Valley fumbled on its possession in the fourth overtime and the Mohawks ended the game on a 2-yard run by Rivers.
Northwest 0 0 6 14 0 0 6 6 = 32
Sym. Valley 0 7 0 13 0 0 6 0 = 26
Second Quarter
SV — Jack Leith 1 run (Gavin Yates kick)
Third Quarter
NW — Brayden Campbell 68 run (kick blocked) by Gavin Yates
Fourth Quarter
SV — Keifer Wilson 4 run (kick failed)
SV — Josh Ferguson 4 run (Gavin Yates kick)
NW — Nathan River 6 run (Evan Throckmorton kick)
NW — Brayden Campbell 50 run (Evan Throckmorton kick)
Third Overtime
NW — Nathan Rivers 6 run (kick failed)
SV — Keifer Wilson 1 run (kick failed)
Fourth Overtime
NW — Nathan Rivers 2 run (no attempt)
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NW SV
First downs 16 23
Rushes-yards 47-188 71-357
Passing yards 114 21
Total yards 302 378
Cmp-Att-Int 7-16-2 2-3-0
Fumbles-lost 4-2 9-3
Penalties-yards 14-96 9-78
Punts-average 3-37.5 4-32.8
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Individual Leaders
RUSHING — Northwest: Brayden Campbell 10-75, Nathan Rivers 9-29, Ashton Hall 10-30; Symmes Valley: Josh Ferguson 15-131, Derek Crum 3-25, Jack Leith 18-53, Keifer Wilson 31-141, Nick Strow 3-10.
PASSING — Northwest: Ashton Hall 7-16-2 114; Symmes Valley: Jack Leith 2-3-0 21.
RECEIVING — Northwest: Brayden Campbell 1-68, Billy Crabtree 4-37; Symmes Valley: Keifer Wilson 2-21.