The Spartanburg (SC) Vikings opened the 2015 season on the road in a nationally televised game against Wakulla (FL). Wakulla scored first on a 24-yard Demarcus Lindsey touchdown run capping a 73-yard drive to put the War Eagles up 7-0.
Spartanburg answered back on their first possession going 80 yards with all-world running back Tavien Feaster scoring on a 15-yard touchdown run to even the score 7-all.
After forcing Wakulla over on downs, Spartanburg was set to take the lead but fumbled going into the endzone for a Wakulla touchback. The War Eagles lined up and went 80 yards on their next drive capping with a diving touchdown reception by Justin Davis from highly-touted recruit Feleipe Franks of 31-yards to take a 14-7 lead in the second quarter.
From there it was all Spartanburg as they outscored Wakulla 35-0 the rest of the way.
Tavaris Scott’s big reception down inside the Wakulla ten yard-line set up Spartanburg’s next score, a horse collar personal foul penalty on Wakulla gave the Vikings a first and goal inside the five. Feaster finished the 80-yard drive with a 10-yard touchdown run however the Vikings missed the extra point and trailed 14-13. That score would hold until halftime.
The turning point in the contest came when Wakulla was forced to punt on their opening possession of the second half. Spartanburg’s Ayele Jeter blocked a quick kick punt by Franks, Jeron Davis returned it 30 yards for a Vikings touchdown. Scott his Feaster for the two-point conversion to give Spartanburg its first lead of the game 21-14 as Spartanburg never looked backed.
Feaster-playing through a slight shoulder injury, continued to show why he’s a five-star recruit and the nation’s best all-purpose back after catching a 44-yard touchdown pass from Austin Scott on an under thrown ball extending Spartanburg’s lead to 28-14 with 2:01 remaining in the third quarter.
Spartanburg put the game away in the fourth quarter with a pair of Austin Scott touchdown passes. Scott hit Tavaris Scott for a short touchdown pass then hit Marsalis Wilson for a 77-yard touchdown pass for a 42-14 lead which held as the final score.
Spartanburg’s defense lead by Hezekiah Byrd, Louis Rodgers, Mike Murphy and Trey Smith shutout Wakulla in the second half while holding Feleipe Franks to 102 yards passing and a touchdown on 9-of-20. The War Eagles big-time receiver Keith Gavin was limited to 26 yards on five receptions by the Vikings’ defense.
Feaster finished with 58 yards rushing two touchdowns while catching eight passes for 109 yards and a touchdown. Austin Scott passed for 336 yards on 22-32 with three touchdowns for Spartanburg.
Spartanburg (1-0) will travel to Union County (0-1) next week while Wakulla (0-1) will host Cathedral Prep (PA).