Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Vikings Knock off Buccaneers in OT; Zanders' Pass to Burnett, Williams' Interception Give Raines Victory

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Vikings Knock off Buccaneers in OT; Zanders' Pass to Burnett, Williams' Interception Give Raines Victory

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Byline: Jeff Elliott

FOOTBALL

Raines*********18

First Coast***(OT) 10

Raines quarterback Marvin Zanders only completed five passes during Friday's showdown against First Coast, none of which gained more than 10 yards.

But a 10-yard completion was the difference in overtime, when the senior connected with Brian Burnett from 10 yards out for the winning score in the Vikings' 18-10 victory over First Coast.

The battle for Northside supremacy was a defensive classic at the Graveyard. Raines held a 10-7 lead two plays into the second quarter, and the only other points that followed in regulation came on a 23-yard field goal by First Coast kicker Jeris Scott.

Both defensive units were solid, and once Scott's kick went through the uprights on the second play of the fourth quarter, it seemed inevitable that this game would need overtime to decide a winner.

"It was a slugfest from opening kickoff to the overtime," Raines coach Deran Wiley said. "I'm proud of my players and coaches for not getting too down this past week after we lost a game to Miami Northwestern that we felt we should have won.

"I had told our team that this was going to be a battle of the defenses. We just had to make one more play than they did and we did."

That play came right after Zanders completed his game-winning throw to the end zone to Burnett. First Coast had its opportunity to score from the 10-yard line but on the first play, Bucs quarterback DeAndre Johnson was intercepted by Carlton Williams, thus ending the game and giving Raines its first win over First Coast in four years.

Johnson and Zanders were harassed by opposing defenses throughout the game. As elusive as Johnson is, he was sacked seven times by a Vikings defense led by linebacker Jermaine Oliver, who accounted for two of those.

Zanders was also forced to run from the pocket often and was sacked three times. …

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