20-0. That was the half time score last Friday night and the score wasn’t in favor of the Vance Co. Vipers. By the time the whistle blew the Vipers had turned the game around and walked off the field with a 28-27 comeback victory to move to 3-2 on the season. Head Coach Aaron Elliott attributes the win to players trusting the plan that the coaches had laid out for them. “We made zero adjustments at half time,” Coach Elliott said. He felt that if the team would work together they could turn the game around. “The mood was down and a lot of finger pointing was going on at halftime,” Elliott said. Coach Elliott said he felt that at halftime that the coaches wanted the win more than the players.
That changed in the second half when Nazir Garrett began to connect on passes in his first game back after a two week absence due to a concussion. Garrett had struggled in the first half as had the Viper defense but it all worked out for the Vipers as they scored 28 points in the second half. “It was an emotional win,” Elliott said. Now the Vipers have a week off before taking on Carrboro on Oct. 30th in the first conference game of the season. Elliott gave his team a couple of days off to enjoy the victory but are now focused on a Carrboro team that Elliott says is better than there record would indicate. The extra week off means that players like Sean Alston, who has been injured will be able to return to the Viper lineup.
You can catch all the action next Friday night, Oct. 30 as Vance Co. takes on Carrboro at Viper Stadium. Airtime on WIZS is 6:50pm with airtime at 7pm.