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Vipers Reach Conference Championship

August 10, 2008 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Alabama Vipers News Release

Huntsville, AL- The Tennessee Valley Vipers upset the Wilkes-Barre Pioneers, the top ranked team in the American Conference Saturday night 34-30, and have advanced to the American Conference Championship game against the Manchester Wolves. The game will be played in Huntsville, Alabama Saturday night, August 15th at 7:30pm in the Von Braun Center Arena.

The Vipers scored the winning touchdown with seven seconds left on the clock, and kept the Pioneers out of the endzone on the game's final play to secure the hard fought victory. The game also stopped the Pioneers 21 game winning streak at the Wachovia Arena in Wilkes-Barre.

The Wolves reached the Championship game with some drama of their own, scoring with just one second left on the clock and trailing 54-53. The Wolves decided to go for two and the win and quarterback Brian Jones took the ball himself into the endzone, giving the Wolves a victory, and a trip to Huntsville.

The Vipers were led offensively by quarterback Kevin Eakin, who threw for 208 yards on 26-46 passing, with four touchdowns, and receiver Alonzo Nix, who finished with 118 yards receiving on 14 catches, and one touchdown. All-af2 first team defensive end Eric Scott and Demetrius Derico paced the Vipers defense. Scott finished with two sacks, and Derico led the team in tackles with six.

Tickets for Saturday's championship game are on sale now through the Von Braun Center Box Office, or for group tickets, please contact the Vipers ticket office at 256-428-4477 (HISS). Also, check the Vipers website at for more information.

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