Patriots edge Vikings, 25-20

Junior wide receiver Fabian Garcia dives for a Ventura Rodriguez pass but can’t hold on at the goal line.

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Junior wide receiver Fabian Garcia dives for a Ventura Rodriguez pass but can’t hold on at the goal line.

— The Vikings suffered their second loss of the season Friday, falling 20-25 to Liberty Christian.

Although the game was back-and-forth with the former 1B — now 2B — team, Mabton fell short, Viking coach Pat Zavala said.

The Patriots scored two touchdowns in the opening quarter. Mabton got the ball into the red zone, but failed to convert on its first two possessions, he said.

It wasn’t until the waning moments of the half the Vikings finally scored. Max Ruiz punched it in.

Fabian Ruiz failed to convert on an onside kick on the next play.

Liberty Christian, before the clock ran out, took advantage of a fumble as Mabton was within scoring distance.

The Patriots recovered the ball and scored, taking a 20-6 lead to halftime.

Midway through the third quarter, the Vikings’ Jose Gonzalez of the Vikings scored; the point-after kick was blocked.

Liberty Christian closed the third quarter with another touchdown for a 26-12 lead.

In the final quarter, Ruiz scored another touchdown for Mabton with two minutes remaining. The Vikings converted for two points.

Mabton’s Ventura Rodriguez completed 15-of-35 passes for 331 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Ruiz made three catches for 53 yards and a touchdown. He also had 18 carries for 51 yards and a touchdown.

Oscar Aguilar caught the ball four times for 61 yards and carried it four times for a minus-6 yards.

Rocky Arriaga had seven carries for 33 yards and one catch for 14 yards. Gonzalez had three catches for 103 yards and a touchdown.

George Espinoza collected four passes for 100 yards.

Mabton hosts White Swan on Friday for homecoming.


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