Blacklick Valley’s Taylor Holby scored five touchdowns, three two-point conversions and rushed for 251 yards on 28 carries as the Vikings outlasted host Meyersdale 52-36 in WestPAC action.

“If you would have seen me at halftime when we were down 15-8 would I have ever thought it would be 52-36,” Blacklick Valley coach Bill Zamboni said. “We are a really good second-half team. And, I can’t say enough about Taylor Holby. He’s had 13 touchdowns in the last three games and I think that’s phenomenal. He’s a player.”

After a scoreless first quarter, Meyersdale (3-5) got on the board first, driving 55 yards on eight plays capped by a Matt Donaldson 5-yard run and a Jake Weimer kick.

Three plays after a Blacklick Valley kickoff return, which had the Vikings (5-3) setting up from their 35, Holby broke free from the Meyersdale defense and dashed 58 yards down the right sideline for the first of his touchdowns, adding the two-point conversion for an 8-7 advantage.

Donaldson broke away on the ensuing kickoff and returned the ball 81 yards down to the Vikings 2.

Donaldson scored on the first play from scrimmage and added the conversion run to put the Raiders ahead 15-8.

In the third quarter the teams combined for 44 points, as Blacklick Valley’s Ted Worthington (82 yards on 17 carries) opened the frame with a 78-yard kickoff return to pull the Vikings to within a point, 15-14, with just 11 ticks off the clock.

Holby’s conversion run put Blacklick ahead 16-15.

“We were right with them and I think we had momentum on our side going into the half,” Meyersdale coach Chris Schrock said. “We came out at the beginning of the third quarter and they ran the kickoff back and, boy, you could see the momentum shift. We never did get it back. Special teams just killed us.”

The Red Raiders answered right back with a three-play drive which covered 62 yards in three plays, culminated by a 15-yard Ben Lohr run and Lohr’s conversion returned the lead to Meyersdale.

The Vikings put the next three scores on the board, two coming off Meyersdale turnovers, including a pair of Holby runs sandwiched around a Victor Manda 13-yard touchdown to take a 37-23 advantage.

The Raiders put together a six-play drive that covered 47 yards, capped by a 5-yard Donaldson run and a Weimer kick to again pull within seven as the third quarter ended.

Blacklick Valley’s 14-play drive which consumed nearly 61⁄2 minutes ended with another Holby touchdown and Manda run to increase the Vikings lead to 43-30.

After an interception by the Vikings Nathan Paul at the Meyersdale 37, Holby again ended the three-play drive with a 28-yard touchdown run.

After a personal foul penalty on the Vikings, Lohr, who finished with 172 yards on 25 carries, scored the final Raiders touchdown with no time on the clock.

“Really the difference in the game was Meyersdale had three turnovers and we scored on all three of them,” Zamboni said. “We were a nervous wreck about coming here, because this is a tough place to play and we played well and our offense was a little better than their offense.”

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