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October 9, 2012 > Football: American gets past Irvington

Football: American gets past Irvington

Submitted By and photos by Mike Heightchew

American got the ball moving from the start, opening a 6-0 lead when Kyle Barker found Anthony Young in the clear with a 6-yard strike with 6:27 left in the second quarter. Barker had a great night with 11 of 21, 220 yards passing and three touchdowns. Young hauled in three passes for 65 yards and two touchdowns and his teammate, Segun Giwa, had five receptions for 92 yards.

The initial American lead did not hold up for long. Irvington responded quickly with a well balanced attack; an eight-play, 62-yard drive that ended with a Jack Shank 18-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Roe to give the Vikings a 7-6 lead with 3:18 left in the second. However, the Eagles took the lead back with 6-yard Barker-to-Giwa touchdown pass with 0.7 seconds left in the second quarter.

American defense was stingy but gave up a couple of big plays that let the Vikings stay in the game The big one was a 45-yard touchdown run by Ariel Hercik very early in the third quarter that gave the Vikings a 13-12 lead; Hercik finished with nine carries for 101 yards and a touchdown.

Final score: American Eagles: 26, Irvington Vikings: 13

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