Maroons 1-1 after 34-14 loss to Tri-Valley Vikings

Photos Marc Rogers / Journal — The Maroons final drive stopped on the 5 yard line.

CLINTON — After a convincing 43-6 win over the Tremont Turks to start the season in a home/away from home game on neutral ground, the Maroons returned to Clinton to face the Tri-Valley Vikings (ranked #2 in Class 2A). 

The first quarter was sluggish, neither team able to sustain a drive, even with an interception thrown in. 

The second quarter went to the Vikings, who now seemed to score at will, taking 21-0 lead on three impressive drives.  The Vikings then started the third quarter with a quick touchdown (TD). 

However, the home team came out after halftime to make a game of the tussle and scored two quick TDs to cut the score to 28-14. 

The fourth quarter saw the Maroons take the ball to the five-yard line but were stopped in their tracks by the Vikings.  The Vikings then took over and broke free for a 90-yard-run to score a final TD with no extra point. 

Thus, Tri-Valley won this tough one 34-14, leaving the Maroons at 1-1 overall. 

Both benches were called for technical fouls in the game. 

This was also JFL (Junior Football League) Night when all of the JFL players are introduced at halftime.

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