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Football: Vickery Creek captures 7th county championship
Ryder Stewart
Vickery Creek running back Ryder Stewart, left, carries the ball Tuesday during the Vipers' 44-14 win against Riverwatch in the county championship. - photo by David Roberts

Vickery Creek Middle School won its third county championship in four years Tuesday, topping Riverwatch Middle School 44-14 at Bulldog Stadium. 

Running back Ryder Stewart scored all five of the Vipers' offensive touchdowns to lead Vickery Creek to its seventh championship since opening in 1999.

"We knew going into the season that it was going to be a pretty talented group," Vickery Creek head coach Mark Taylor said. "They had a lot of work to do, and they worked hard at it, but I think picking up a couple early losses kind of helped us, you know? It helped us get in a position where we knew we had to go to work."

Riverwatch led 7-0 in the first quarter, then 14-8 in the second quarter, but Vickery Creek scored 36 unanswered points through the final three quarters.

"Against Riverwatch, we thought we could kind of press them against their passing scheme, and that didn't work so well in the first half," Taylor said. "We changed a few things up and made some adjustments at halftime and that seemed to help us."