Warriors destroy Vikings, score early and often in 49-7 victory

by dentonramsey


Warriors destroy Vikings, score early and often in 49-7 victory
By Denton Ramsey / Sports Editor

All it took was 30 seconds for the Warriors to jump out to an early 7-0 lead over the Vikings.

And they never looked back.

South Grand Prairie destroyed Irving Nimitz 49-7 on ‘Senior Night,’ Nov. 3 at the Gopher-Warrior Bowl.

The win marks SGP’s fifth consecutive district victory, moving the team to 8-1 overall, as the Warriors scored early – and often – en route to their 42-point victory.

“It’s good that we came out and took care of business,” Warriors head coach David Fisher said. “We had a chance to win and clinch a playoff spot and I talked to them about coming out and starting fast – it was nice to see 14 points up there in the first quarter.”

A mere 30 seconds into the game, the Warriors took a 7-0 lead after completing a three play drive with a 3-yard quarterback keeper touchdown by Denzel Dewberry.

SGP pushed that lead to 14-0 with 5:23 remaining in the first quarter, when Dewberry scrambled into the end zone for his second rushing TD of the night.

And 6 seconds into the second quarter, the Warriors struck again – this time on a Desmond Longmiles 2-yard rushing touchdown to give SGP a commanding 21-0 lead with 11:54 left in the first half.

Shortly after, Nimitz managed to cross into Warrior territory and eventually found pay dirt on their lone touchdown of the night.

With 9:38 remaining in the second quarter, the Vikings got on the scoreboard with a 4-yard quarterback keeper touchdown to make the score 21-7.

But the Warriors weren’t about to let the Vikings gain any momentum.

With 7:02 left in the second quarter, the Warriors were chasing daylight once again after Longmiles scampered into the end zone for a 28-7 lead over the visiting Vikings.

SGP increased their lead to 35-7 with 4:25 remaining in the opening half on a 9-yard touchdown pass from Dewberry to Trae Johnson.

Dewberry, who got a little banged up on the Warriors fifth touchdown drive, sat out in South Grand Prairie’s ensuing possession as backup QB Matthew Maldonado took over in the backfield.

And very quickly, Maldonado made his presence known.

With 1:54 remaining in the second quarter, Maldonado took the pigskin and rushed 28 yards and to the house on a quarterback keeper to push the Warriors’ lead to 42-7 heading into halftime.

In the first half alone, the Warriors D stood strong, limiting Nimitz to just three first downs and holing the Vikings under 100 yards of total offense.

The Warriors slowed things down in the second half, choosing to run the ball on a majority of occasions in an attempt to run out the game clock.

SGP scored one final time with 2:48 remaining in the third quarter, as Maldonado crossed the goal line for his second rushing touchdown of the night to give the Warriors the final 49-7 victory.

“We had a little bad luck with Denzel hurting his should a little bit, but hopefully he’ll be alright,” Fisher said. “Everybody got to play – it’s nice to let the backups have a nice, long drive and score. So I’m real proud of everybody – good job by our defense except for that one long run, they did pretty good.”

Sports Editor Denton Ramsey can be reached via e-mail at denton.ramsey@gmail.com