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The Vikings got big defensive and offensive plays down the stretch to put winning points on the board, hold off Culver

Colton football coach Brynie Robinson called Thursday's 20-14 come-from-behind win over Culver "one of the best games of my career. It was a huge win against a tough opponent at home. It was a huge blessing."

Culver came in with a gameplay to slow down the Colton (1-2 league, 2-2 overall) running game and that's just what they did, limiting the Vikings to 104 yards on 28 rushes. Fortunately, the passing game saw some strides made and played a big role in the win.

COURTESY PHOTO - The Colton Vikings mounted a comeback and a defensive stand that resulted in a win over Culver Friday night.

"Our quarterbacks were a combined 5-of-14 for 145 yards, our best passing game performance of the season," Robinson said. "And we really needed it because Culver did a great job scouting us and scheming up a defense to stop our run."

Culver took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter, but Colton answered in the second, getting a 75-yard pass play from Dominic Combest-Day to Mason Laws. Combest-Day added the two-point conversion on a run to put Colton up 8-7. Unfortunately, Culver answered the answer from Colton, going up 14-8 on its next possession.

And that's where it stayed into the fourth quarter when Colton tied it up with about three minutes left on a 5-yard pass from Combest-Day to Lance Gunter. The two-point try failed and both teams came down the homestretch looking for an answer.

"Culver had two timeouts and is on its own 40-yard line and they fumble and we recover on their 30 with 1:06 on the clock," Robinson said. "Our first pass goes out of bounds, but we get a 15-yard penalty for roughing the passer. Then, Ricky Hendrickson throws a backside post for the touchdown on the next play and we go up 20-14."

Culver would mount an answer, putting a pass close to the end zone on the final play, but Jackson English was in position and intercepted it to seal the win.

"Again, one of the best games of my career," Robinson said.

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