Southern Durham rally falls short in 28-26 loss to Hoggard
Posted October 31, 2012
Updated November 3, 2012
Durham, N.C. — Southern Durham fell behind early and the hole proved to be too much as their rally fell short against Hoggard in the first round of the state playoffs Friday, 28-26.
Southern Durham's hole began being dug early as a Kendall Hinton pass was intercepted at the 15-yard lineby Tailepeaua Apisa who returned it 71 yards down to the 14-yard line. From there Sheldon Cooper scored to give Hoggard a 7-0 lead.
Apisa intercepted a second Hinton pass later in the game.
On the next Southern Durham drive, Hinton found his own receivers hands, but Maurice Trowell took a big hit over the middle and fumbled the ball back to the Vikings.
Cooper scored two more times to stretch the Vikings lead to 21-0 early in the second quarter but was forced from the game with a foot injury.
Then Southern Durham (6-5, 5-2 PAC 6) began to stake a comeback. Down 21-7 in the third quarter, the Spartans cut the lead again as William Cameron hauled in a Hinton pass down the seam for a 57-yard score and suddenly it was 21-14.
Southern Durham scored again to get even closer as Hinton found Derrick Mason in the endzone for a 16-yard score. A failed PAT left things 21-20.
Hoggard, however, recorded the insurance tally on a 4th and 1 play from the 13 as quarterback Christian Poveramo kept and scored to make the game 28-20.
Southern Durham was not done in the final seconds. With the clock showing 29 seconds and facing a 3rd and goal, Hinton completed a touchdown pass to Kameron Johnson. Forced to go for two for the tie, Hinton's pass was incomplete and Hoggard held on for the 28-26 win.