Lightning strikes the Vipers 47-41 in OT
The Tennessee Valley Vipers ran into an inspired 2-10 Stockton team Friday night.
The Lightning beat the Vipers 47-41 in overtime before an announced crowd of 3,575 in the Von Braun Center. Tennessee Valley, whose seven-game winning streak ended June 13, fell to 8-5 in arenafootball2.
"They deserved it. They beat us," Vipers coach Dean Cokinos said. "They came to play, they earned it, they deserved it. They physically beat us up. That's what they did. They controlled the tempo of the game. They knocked us down. They beat us. They deserved the win. My congratulations to them."
After making a defensive stop, Stockton (3-10) opened the scoring at 9:25 in the first quarter on Andy Collins' 5-yard touchdown pass to Troy McBroom. Alex Walls' kick put the Lightning up 7-0.
The Vipers answered with a three-play, 18-yard drive capped by Kevin Eakin's 8-yard pass to Gary Elliott. Nick Hayes kicked the score to 7-all.
Tennessee Valley went up 14-7 at 3:23 in the second quarter on Benji McDowell's 1-yard run, ending a five-play, 31-yard drive.
Stockton tied the score 14-all with 11 seconds left in the half on Collins' 27-yard pass to Ruben Jackson. The Vipers led 17-14 at halftime after Hayes' 25-yard field goal as time expired.
The Lightning took the second-half kickoff and marched 30 yards in three plays for a 21-17 lead on Collins' 23-yard touchdown pass to Jackson.
Tennessee Valley went up 24-21 at 11:02 in the third quarter on Eakin's 9-yard pass to Elliott. The Vipers made it 31-21 on Eakin's 4-yard pass to Maurice Brown.
But the Lightning answered with Collins' 36-yard pass to McBroom to close within 31-28. After a Vipers turnover, Stockton went up 34-31 on Collins' 8-yard pass to Justin Taplin at 1:09 in the third.
The Vipers tied the score 34-all with 12:34 left in the fourth on Hayes' 21-yard field goal.
Stockton went up 41-34 at 9:56 when McBroom caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from Collins, capping a four-play, 45-yard drive.
Tennessee Valley tied the score 41-all on Eakin's 15-yard pass to Alonzo Nix as time expired, forcing overtime.
Collins' 14-yard touchdown pass to McBroom ended the contest at 6:19 in the extra period.
The Vipers are off until July 12 when they host the Daytona Beach.ThunderBirds.
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