Vikings bowled over to finish season
The Vikings finished the season 5-6 on top of the Central Division West.
Published: Thursday, December 8, 2011
Updated: Friday, December 9, 2011 18:12
Two months, 16 days and 29 hours passed before the Viking football team faced the Golden West Rustlers again. It was no ordinary game, more than a win was at stake.
On Saturday, Nov. 19, in Orange Coast LeBard Stadium, the teams faced each other for the Central Championship Bowl.
LBCC's season-opening game was against Golden West on Saturday, Sept. 3, the Vikings lost to the Rustlers, 44-0.
LBCC went home Nov. 19 without a championship. The Vikings lost for the second time to Golden West, 51-36.
With 11:11 on the clock, LBCC opened the scoring when quarterback Ryan Craighead threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Willie Bobbitt.
The Rustlers counterattacked the Vikings and scored 27 consecutive unanswered points, taking a 27- 7 lead.
With 41 seconds before the end of the first half, Viking running back Jerramie Jackson ran the ball 6 yards into the end zone.
With no time left in the second quarter, Rustler kicker Dany Anaya kicked a 49-yard field goal and Golden West took at 30-14 lead.
Craighead threw 51 passes, completing 27 for 350 yards, three touchdowns and five interceptions.
Craighead was forced to run the ball throughout the game because of the tight coverage the Rustlers defense had on LBCC receivers.
He ran the ball nine times for 13 yards, his most in the season.
Craighead's primary targets were Bobbitt, who scored two touchdowns on 13 catches and 205 receiving yards, and wide receiver Travon Payne, who had 107 receiving yards.
The closest LBCC got to Golden West was after Jackson ran the ball for 2 yards late in the second quarter for a 16-point difference.
With 29 seconds left in the game, LBCC wide receiver Mike Evans scored the last touchdown of the season on a 6-yard pass from Craighead.
It was the final game for 29 of LBCC's 50 players.
After the game, Bobbitt was named offensive player of the game.
Payne also set an LBCC single-season school record for receiving yards with 1,254.
Craighead was awarded conference offensive player of the year before the game.