Vikes Fall Short at Gray's Creek
Union Pines fell victim to three first-half turnovers in dropping a 24-15 Cape Fear Valley Conference football clash Friday to Gray's Creek.
The visiting Vikings jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead, but Gray's Creek took the ensuing kickoff 80 yards to paydirt, but missed the extra point to leave the Vikes in front 7-6.
Then three consecutive Viking turnovers resulted in three Gray's Creek scores, giving the Bears a 24-7 halftime lead.
Union Pines cut the lead to 24-15 on a Graham Haulsee short touchdown run, and when Maness added the two-point conversion the Vikes were within nine at 24-15 with most of the fourth quarter left.
The Vikings threatened one more time late in the game, but came up short on a fourth-and-three play inside the Bears' 10-yard line.
Maness recorded the Vikings first score on a quarterback sneak and Andrew MacPherson added the extra point.
Union Pines fell to 3-4 overall and 1-2 in the conference with the loss.
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