VIDALIA -- The Vidalia Indians snatched the victory rug out from under the South Effingham Mustangs on Friday night at Buck Cravey Field.
Less than a minute after forcing a tie with a dramatic drive that included a fourth-down conversion in the red zone, the Mustangs surrendered a a 63-yard touchdown pass with five seconds left that propelled Vidalia to a stunning 21-14 win. Junior Antonio Barren heaved the ball to Cason Banks, who caught the ball near the right sideline and strutted past two defenders for the decisive score.
South Effingham dominated the first half with its ball-hogging wing-T formation, bolting to a 7-0 halftime lead. The Indians had only 15 snaps in the first 24 minutes.
The Mustangs' first score came on a 23-yard pass by Aubrey Heath to Justin Martell on the initial snap of the second period. Jah-Tavion Weickerson tallied South Effingham's second touchdown on a 3-yard run with 24 seconds left.
South Effingham will return to action Sept. 2 against Islands. It will be the first game on its new artificial turf.