FORT WALTON BEACH -- The Fort Walton Beach Vikings had their hands full Friday night trying to hold the Wakulla War Eagles at bay. In the end the War Eagles prevailed 38-7.
The difference in the game — speed and athleticism.
“They’re an explosive team,” Fort Walton Beach coach Phil Dorn said of Wakulla. "We knew they had a lot more speed coming in and we just couldn’t contain it. And we knew their linemen were quick up front and we couldn’t contain that either. Those were two big issues.
“But you’ve got to keep plugging away and get better."
The War Eagles rolled up 351 yards of total offense with 144 on the ground and 207 through the air. Wakulla junior quarterback Jaylon Worsham was on target completing 11-of-13 passes, including a 56-yard strike to Jeremy Harvey for a touchdown. Worsham also had 57 yards on the ground and two touchdowns.
Jay Johnson-Jarrett led the way for the Vikings, rushing for 75 yards and scoring the Vikings' only touchdown of the night on a 14-yard scamper in the second quarter.
The Vikings used two quarterbacks, Kevin Quinn and Brady Bachmann. Quinn was six of 11 for 28 yards and Bachmann completed three of seven for 45 yards.
“Brady Bachmann’s been improving each week and we thought he deserved some time on the field this week,” Dorn said.
Bachman stepped on the field midway through the second quarter and led the Vikings to their only score of the night. After Fort Walton’s Tanner Ayers recovered an Eagle fumble deep in Viking territory, Johnson-Jarrett picked up 6 yards on the ground and then two plays later Bachmann connected with Brenden Robertson for a gain of 15 yards. On the next play, Johnson-Jarrett broke loose up the middle for the 14-yard score to tie the game at 7.
The War Eagles came roaring back scoring in five plays, Worsham scoring on an 8-yard run. Hunter Busen kicked in the point after for a 14-7 advantage.
Right before the half, Wakulla’s Busen booted a 44-yard field goal for a 17-7 lead.
Midway through the third quarter, the War Eagles scored again, Worsham connecting with Jeremy Harvey for 56-yard catch and run for the score. Busen was good for the PAT and a 24-7 game.
Wakulla’s Lamonte Peterson went on to return a punt for a 40-yard score, and the final War Eagle TD was a 5-yard run up the middle.
Up next, the Vikings hit the road to play Mosley at 7 p.m. Friday in Panama City.