Vikes Drop DeSoto

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Bryan opened some eyes from the Red River to the Rio Grande by upsetting ninth-ranked DeSoto, 30-to-27, Friday night at Viking Stadium.

The game started as a turnover fest.

The Eagles set the tone by fumbling the opening kickoff and giving up a touchdown to the Vikes on the next play.

The first four scores were all tied to turnovers.

Bryan trailed by a touchdown late in the second period, but drove for a 34 yard Matthew Little field goal shortly before the break.

DeSoto led 20-to-16 at the intermission, but the Big Blue would make the crucial plays in the second half.

A two yard touchdown by Elton Holmes in the third would give the home team a 23-to-20 advantage.

In the fourth, Team Green's Cyrus Gray would put the eagles back in front by four points with a 30 yard touchdown run.

But, the Blue Crew would battle right back, Monterell Washington's nine yard td run at the 3:01 mark of the fourth quarter made it 30-to-27.

Jaron Gentry made sure it ended that way by picking off a DeSoto pass at the Bryan one yard line to end the last Eagle threat.

Vike head coach Bob Bellard said of the win, " I know they didn't expect it, but the only guys who needed to expect it were the guys who went to work Monday. As the week went on, we said we have a shot at these guys, we have a chance to win, and we just kept making a play or two along the way. Our defense was unbelievable keeping those guys in check and everybody had a great contribution to this win."

Bryan will open district play at Temple next Friday.