KIMBERLY — Mortimer Jordan didn’t do itself any favors with turnovers and trick plays gone wrong, but still managed to stiffen its defense and stay alive until the waning miniutes of a 28-21 loss to Walker on Friday.
Vikings sophomore running back Marlon Oliver scored three touchdowns and ran for 219 yards, but it was a touchdown pass from Bryant Adams to Isaiah Cox on the first play of the second half that proved to be the difference for Walker.
Oliver was the primary force for the Vikings, as Bryant handed him the ball a whopping 38 times. He scored the first touchdown on the first drive of the game as he found a hole from 20 yards out.
The Blue Devils promptly tied the game on a 4-yard pass from Devlin Hodges to Sam Blair roughly a minute and a half later, finishing a quick drive that started with a 43-yard flea-flicker pass from Hodges to Landon Smith.
Oliver scored again with 4:29 left in the first half on a 4-yard run, then took advantage of a fake punt gone awry by the Blue Devils. His 23-yard scoring dash was almost a carbon copy of his first touchdown, and put Walker up 21-7 at the half.
The Vikings took advantage of another Jordan miscue right after intermission, as they recovered a Devils fumble on the kickoff return. On the very next play, Bryant found Cox for 44 yards and a score.
But that was all Walker could muster for the rest of the night offensively, as Jordan’s defense — not the strongest part of their game in recent seasons — held the Vikings inside their own half of the field for almost the entire second half. Only on the last possession, as they were trying to run out the clock, did Walker cross the midfield stripe.
That’s somewhat of a change for Jordan, which has had a history of letting momentum swings like turnovers and quick opponents’ scores drag them down. It also didn’t seem to faze first-year coach Dusty Goode.