Gators swarm Hornets|[10/22/05]

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 22, 2005

Friday night’s game may not be considered an instant classic, but for the Vicksburg Gators, every win is vintage.

Vicksburg scored almost every way possible in dismantling Greenville, 32-0, in a game that saw 23 penalties – eight of them 15 yarders – for 228 yards and a combined nine interceptions.

Vicksburg improveed to 5-3 on the season and evened its Region 2-5A record to 2-2, just behind Provine in the race for the fourth and final playoff spot.

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&#8220We came in here knowing that we needed at least two wins to have a shot at the playoffs,” said Vicksburg wide receiver Delmon Robinson, who caught two passes for 50 yards and ran one time for 18 yards. &#8220We felt like we could get this one, so we came out and played the best we could.”

Jay Hall put the Gators on top early 3-0 and a pair of dandy catches by Vicksburg wide receivers set up the next two Gator scores.

Vernon Wolfe, who led all receivers with 66 yards on two catches, hauled in a one-handed diving catch to get the Gators to the Greenville 4-yard line. Sophomore Jomar Hunt scored on the next play, a 4-yard plunge for a 9-0 lead.

After Greenville allowed a safety on a botched punt snap, the Gators scored again right before halftime. Robinson hauled in a 22-yard pass to the Hornets’ 1-yard line and quarterback Stanton Price scored a TD on a sneak for an 18-0 halftime lead.

Price completed 6 of 16 passes for 140 yards, but was intercepted three times.

Greenville quarterback Lonnie Buchanan tossed five interceptions – four in the second half – including one that ended up as a 33-yard touchdown return by Harold Knight.

&#8220I never thought that would happen,” said Knight, who scored his first career touchdown. &#8220They threw it the wrong way and I grabbed it and took it. I wasn’t gonna get caught.”

Knight’s touchdown gave Vicksburg a 32-0 lead late in the third quarter. Vicksburg had scored a touchdown on a 9-yard run by Tyler Wells four minutes into the half for a 25-0 lead.

In the fourth quarter, the Gators substituted liberally and the defense held firm. Buchanan finished the night 8-of-28 passing for 108 yards and five interceptions. The Hornets rushed 25 times for 9 yards – all coming on the final drive.

&#8220It feels real good because we needed to get this one down if we want to make the playoffs,” Knight said.

Vicksburg still has some work to do and it starts next week at Madison Central. The Gators will play their last game outside Warren County against the third-place Jags.

&#8220We’ll worry about that one on Monday,” Robinson said. &#8220We’ll celebrate this one tonight then come in Monday and get ready for Madison.”