Gators outlast WC for division title|[1/25/06]

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 25, 2006

In a game this big, 80 minutes just wasn’t enough.

Vicksburg scored a goal in each of the two 10-minute overtime periods to take a 2-0 win over archrival Warren Central on Tuesday at Memorial Stadium. The Gators (13-6-1, 5-1) will host a first round playoff game against the runner-up from Division 1-5A on Tuesday. WC (8-9-1, 4-2) must hit the road to the divisional champ. Division 1-5A includes Horn Lake, Southaven and Olive Branch.

Following a slow first half, the Gators controlled most of the second half and both overtime periods.

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&#8220Warren Central was a lot better team this time than the one we faced in December,” VHS coach Jason Bennett said. &#8220We were flat in the first half but we came out fired up in the second half. We got a bunch of shots, but they got blocked. Then in the overtime, we took over.”

The Gators outshot the Vikings 11-3 in the second half, but each attempt was either blocked, saved or went off the cross bar.

But before the Gators finally broke through 8:51 into the first overtime, WC had its best chance when Eric Richards sent a 40-yard direct kick that Gator keeper Jay Griffing tipped away.

Vicksburg countered when John Howard broke the scoreless tie with a header off a throw-in assist from Michael Cooper.

Five minutes into the second overtime, Josh Dixon booted in a rebound to make it 2-0.

&#8220Our objective was to score early and we had our chances but couldn’t get a goal,” WC coach Jay Harrison said. &#8220Then in the second half, our level dropped and Vicksburg‘s went up.”