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Using a defensive gem and a strong fourth quarter, South Iredell (1-1) defeated in-county rival West Iredell (1-1) 25-0 Friday night.

The Vikings defense held the Warriors scoreless and added a Landon Evans 45-yard interception return for a touchdown on West Iredell’s opening drive in an all-around impressive performance.

Both offenses struggled early, failing to produce an offensive touchdown for the game’s first three quarters before a 1-yard run by Darius Smyre gave the Vikings their first touchdown of the game and a 18-0 lead with 10 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.

South Iredell rounded out the scoring on an Alterek Adams 2-yard run two minutes later.

After South Iredell was held without a touchdown in the first half, Vikings head coach Scott Miller gave credit to the Warriors coaching staff for their game plan.

“They had a great game plan,” Miller said. “They outplayed us on certain possessions. It was just one of those games, rivalry games where you have kids that live close and go to church together. It was always going to be a dogfight.”

Adams led the Vikings on a night where South Iredell struggled to find success through the air. Adams finished the game with 167 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries.

“Our defense put us in position to get yards,” Adams said. “I’ve got to praise my offensive line for staying up front, pushing for me. I give all the praise to them.”

West Iredell quarterback Eli Kitchens led the Warriors, going 20-39 for 189 yards. Of the 19 incompletions, 7 were drops by the Warriors receiving core.

While West Iredell has a bye next week, South Iredell returns home to face another in-county rival, Lake Norman.

Miller said the Vikings will be tested and will spend this week preparing for Lake Norman’s triple option offense.

“It’s going to be a totally different game for us, because they are going to run the triple option,” Miller said. “We’ve got to figure out a way to slow it down, it’s hard to stop those guys but we’ve got to figure out a way to get them off the field to give our offense some opportunities.”

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