Vipers Upset Firecats 39-38
Estero, FL- The Tennessee Valley Vipers did what the Florida Firecats could not by capitalizing on miscues to earn a 39-38 victory at Germain Arena. 4,467 fans were on hand to watch the Vipers down the Firecats for the 1st time since the 2004 season.
The Firecats started the game by intercepting their 1st of 3 Tony Colston passes on the games opening drive and used just one play to get on the score board as Chris Wallace threw the 300th touchdown pass of his career, hooking up with Magic Benton who scored his 898th career point on the play. Florida missed the extra point, which would prove to be a common tale for both teams.
Florida took a 13-0 lead on Chris McKinney's circus catch in the endzone, but the Vipers would answer with Chris Gunn connecting with Travis Blanchard minutes later. T-Valley then recovered the ensuing kickoff as John Cousins scooped up the loose ball and ran it in for 6. The Vipers took their 1st lead of the night 14-13.
Florida led at the break 26-21 and looked to be in the driver's seat scoring on the 1st possession of the 3rd quarter. Tennessee hung in and pulled back to within 5 heading to the games final 15 minutes.
After Wallace's 5th TD pass of the night it looked to be all over, but T-Valley's Carlos Campbell took an interception back 49 yards for a score. Florida turned the ball over on downs deep inside Tennessee territory with less than a minute to go on their next possession.
Colston threw the eventual game winner to Blanchard with 6 seconds left on the clock to lead the Vipers to the win.
Florida lost it's 2nd in a row at home for the 1st time since the 2002 season. Florida will look to rebound next week on the road in Albany, NY; while the Vipers battle the Green Bay Blizzard in week 6.
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