2013-10-17 / Around Town

Vikings Win Double-Overtime Thriller, 30-29

By Kirby Varacalli


With the game hanging in the balance in double overtime, Rogers’ Liam Leys, #88, stops Shea’s Yanique Duarte’s game-winning two-point conversion attempt, then waits for teammates Grady Bolan, #55, and Jhamal Gonsalves, #5, to help him finish the job. (Rogers photos by Louis Walker III) With the game hanging in the balance in double overtime, Rogers’ Liam Leys, #88, stops Shea’s Yanique Duarte’s game-winning two-point conversion attempt, then waits for teammates Grady Bolan, #55, and Jhamal Gonsalves, #5, to help him finish the job. (Rogers photos by Louis Walker III) In what may have been the most exciting game of the local high school football season to date, the Rogers High School Vikings literally “held on” to squeak past Pawtucket’s Shea High School Raiders 30-29 on Friday night, Oct. 11 at Toppa Field. On the final play of the game, with the Raiders forgoing the point-after kick attempt that would have tied the game at 30-30 and forced a third overtime, they rolled the dice instead and went for the two-point conversion for the outright victory. Shea lost the bet when the Vikings’ Liam Leys put a hit on the Raiders’ freshman running back Yanique Duarte, then held on until his teammates helped to bring Duarte down short of the goal line to make the Vikings Friday night winners.


Rogers’ senior co-captain Grady Bolan, #55, looks downfield for running room after intercepting a Shea pass late in the first half. Rogers’ senior co-captain Grady Bolan, #55, looks downfield for running room after intercepting a Shea pass late in the first half. Rogers opened the scoring on a 52-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Quraan Bostic to senior wide receiver Khalil Moon. Senior Dan Henriques’ point-after kick was good for a short-lived 7-0 lead.

After falling behind by seven points late in the first half, the Vikings would retake the lead just before intermission when Bostic connected with senior Stefan Bebe on a four-yard scoring strike. Rogers went for the two-point conversion and the lead and claimed it when senior running back Blake Anderson ran it in from two yards out to make it a 15-14 game at the break.

The hard running of sophomore Issac Garcia carried the Vikings in the second half and in overtime. After a 25-yard Raider field goal gave Shea a 17-15 lead in the fourth quarter, Garcia would score on a 22-yard run; Bostic would run for the two-point conversion to make it 23-17 Rogers. But Shea’s Ty’shon Ashe would return the ensuing kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown to tie the game at 23. Overtime was ensured when the Raiders missed the point-after kick.


FUMBLE! The Vikings’ Stefan Bebe, #4, separates a Raider from the ball in the second half. The Rogers’ senior would also haul in a first-half touchdown pass in the game. FUMBLE! The Vikings’ Stefan Bebe, #4, separates a Raider from the ball in the second half. The Rogers’ senior would also haul in a first-half touchdown pass in the game. After a scoreless initial OT period, the Vikings’ Garcia would score on a four-yard scamper to finally give Rogers back the lead. Henriques’ kick was good (it turned out to be the game-winning point) and the Vikes led 30-23. Shea had to score a touchdown and at least one extra point or go home on the very next possession in the second OT, but they did score on Ashe’s three-yard ground burst. That touchdown made the score 30-29, which would turn out to be the final score. The game ended jubilantly moments later when Liam Leys and company thwarted the Raiders’ do-or-die two-point try.


Issac Garcia, #23, breaks loose from a Raider tackler en route to a 22-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. The Vikings’ Garcia gained 92 yards on 22 carries and scored two touchdowns in the Rogers win. Issac Garcia, #23, breaks loose from a Raider tackler en route to a 22-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. The Vikings’ Garcia gained 92 yards on 22 carries and scored two touchdowns in the Rogers win. With their victory, Rogers raises their Division II-B record to 3-1, while Shea drops to 2-2 in the same division. The Vikings will take to the road for crossover matches against Division II-A opponents the next two weeks. They face an undefeated Woonsocket team on Saturday, Oct. 19, followed by a visit to West Warwick on Oct. 26. Both these road games kick off at 1:30 p.m.

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