The 2017 season came to an end for the Northgate Vikings with a 41-7 loss to second-ranked Mays Friday night.
Northgate finishes with a 6-4 record. The Vikings needed a victory over Mays or Alexander to beat Douglas County to make the playoffs for the third year in a row.
When Douglas County beat Alexander, that officially put an end to the Vikings’ season.
Mays (9-1) goes into the playoffs with a nine-game winning streak.
Alexander, Douglas and Langston Hughes, who lost to Northgate 21-20 last week, join Mays out of Region 5-AAAAAA in the first round of the playoffs.
Northgate entered the game with Mays on a three-game winning streak.
Early on, it appeared Northgate was in upset mode.
The Vikings took a 7-0 lead with 3:06 left in the first quarter on Nick Carter’s 4-yard scamper.
Carter carried the ball eight times during the drive, highlighted by runs of 11 and 14 yards.
The senior running back rushed for more than 100 yards in his high school finale.
The Vikings’ touchdown was set up by Billy Killgore’s interception.
After the turnover, the Vikings marched 75 yards in 10 plays. Mays took a 12-7 lead at the half with two touchdowns in the final 7:48 of the second quarter.
Quarterback Nick Hunter threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to JaMarcus McCoy for the Panthers’ first touchdown of the game.
Mays marched 90 yards in eight plays for its second touchdown. Kendell Wimberly caught a 17-yard touchdown pass from Hunter to highlight the team’s second score.
An extra point and two-point conversion failed for the Raiders in the first half.
Mays increased the lead to 20-7 on the first series of the third quarter when Hunter scored on a 2-yard quarterback keeper.
With just 39 seconds left in the third quarter, the Panthers increased the lead to 27-7 on Amir Abdur-Rahmen’s touchdown catch.
Mays added two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter to round out its scoring.
The Vikings had a couple of chances in the fourth quarter to cut into Mays’ lead.
Connor Fortner picked up a fumble at the Northgate one and returned it to the Mays seven. However, the drive stalled when the Panthers stopped it on downs.
Northgate again had a chance to put a second touchdown on the scoreboard after quarterback Kyle McLaren put together a couple of long runs, but time ran out on the drive, ending the game.
Central 52, Unity 48: Central took a big lead and then held off Unity to advance to the second round of the GICAA playoffs.
With the win, Central (8-3) sets up a rematch against Holy Ground. In the first meeting, Holy Ground won 61-12.
In Friday night’s victory, Ryley Byers threw touchdown passes to Evan Castaneda and Marcellus Giles. Byers also rushed for a touchdown.
Castaneda and Michael Bell also scored rushing touchdowns for the Crusaders.