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V-G Football upsets Fairfield

Posted September 12, 2012 by Mike McGinnis in Sports

Vienna-Goreville Eagles take a knee for the victory. “I believe this is the first time we have ever been afforded this ‘luxury,'” wrote Marc Dahncke on his Facebook post accompanying this picture.

Last year, the Vienna-Goreville High School varsity football team lost to Fairfield 28-22 when the Mules scored a touchdown with just over a minute left in the game. The defeat left the Eagles with a 1-2 record. This year’s contest was a different story.

In last Saturday’s game at Vienna, the Eagles spotted Fairfield a two touchdown halftime lead, then scored 22 unanswered points in the second half to defeat the Mules 36-26, giving V-G a 2-1 season record.

Fairfield led 6-0 before V-G’s Caleb Belcher scored on a two yard run. Mason Bishop kicked the extra point to give the Eagles a 7-6 lead with just over eight minutes left in the opening quarter. The Mules scored again at the 1:37 mark to regain the lead. V-G went back ahead as the first period ended when Connor Seavers ran it in from three yards out and Bishop added the extra point, giving the Eagles a 14-12 lead. Fairfield scored twice more in the second quarter to take a 26-14 lead at the half.

Seavers scored his second touchdown at the 4:55 mark of the third quarter, on a three yard run. Bishop’s kick trimmed the Fairfield lead to 26-21. Three minutes later, Belcher gave V-G the lead for good with a 20 yard touchdown run. Seavers ran for the extra points, putting the Eagles ahead 29-26. Seavers closed out the scoring with a 16 yard run early in the fourth period and Bishop’s kick for the conversion made the final margin.

Coach Mike Rude called the V-G second half come-back “a great learning experience” for the team. He also said “the defensive ends played fantastic,” and that he expects a tough game this Saturday with S-V-W-W.

Vienna-Goreville rushed for 279 yards with Seavers (152 yards, 3 touchdowns) and Belcher (51 yards, 2 touchdowns) leading the way. Going into the Fairfield game, Seavers was ranked fifth among the top rushers in Southern Illinois.

The Eagles’ varsity plays at home this Saturday against Sesser-Valier-Woodlawn-Waltonville at 1:00 p.m. The freshman squad travels to S-V-W-W this Thursday, while the sophomores play there Monday.