Vickery Creek’s defense dominated South Forsyth in a 42-0 victory Tuesday in the Forsyth County middle school playoffs.
The Vipers advanced to the middle school championship where they’ll face Lakeside, a 14-0 winner over Liberty, on Tuesday at West Forsyth High School.
The Vipers held South to just 29 yards of total offense; South had negative-25 yards in the first half.
Not only was Vickery’s defense in control but its offense was as well. The Vipers tallied 180 yards of total offense, 129 of which came from running backs Tiernan Pepple and Thomas Dickman, who accounted for all five of Vickery’s offensive touchdowns.
The Viper’s defense was led by defensive lineman Spencer Bovenizer and safety Drew Southern. Bovenizer was an unmovable force on the line as he sacked South’s Braden Bamburowski twice. With Bovenzier stopping the run it only seems fitting Southern stopped the air attack.
Southern had an amazing game at safety. He deflected four passes. Southern also scored Vickery’s only defensive touchdown, returning an interception 96 yards to put Vickery up 42-0 in the third quarter.
“He’s one of our leaders” Vickery head coach Mark Taylor said.
With South’s offense struggling to get anything going, its defense also had issues asserting themselves. Several times it seemed the Eagles’ had a play stuffed, but Dickman and Pepple would break a tackle and be off to the races.
Possibly the worst time was on a huge third-and-10. The Eagles got their second consecutive stop, but Vickery’s Pepple had other plans. Pepples broke two tackles on the line of scrimmage and broke another four for 56 yards for the first down to set the Vipers up with a first-and-goal.
South’s offense also had back-to-back turnovers in the first quarter giving Vickery the ball inside their own 5-yard line.
“We gotta tackle” South head coach Kevin Waddell. “They are a very good football team -- we knew we couldn’t give them momentum, but we did… and we paid for it.”