Vipers end 5-game skid
From Staff Reports
BIRMINGHAM — Former North Alabama quarterback Chris Gunn ran for a pair of touchdowns — including the 6-yard game-winner with 9:16 to play — and passed for three others in the Tennessee Valley Vipers’ 35-33 victory over the Alabama Steeldogs on Saturday.
Playing before an announced crowd of 6,589 fans at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex, the Vipers (5-7) snapped a five-game losing streak, while the Steeldogs fell to 5-7 and are tied with Tennessee Valley for third place in arenafootball2’s South Division.
Gunn finished the evening 14-of-28 passing for 208 yards. He ran for a season-high 47 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown early in the fourth that gave the Vipers the lead for good.
“Our men showed some tremendous determination against tough odds and found a way to win,” Vipers coach Milt Theodosatos said. “We are headed in the right direction.”
The Steeldogs grabbed an early 7-0 lead before Gunn’s 22-yard pass to Joel Babb and Steven Lee’s kick tied the game with 12:50 left in the second quarter. The Vipers answered another Alabama touchdown on Gunn’s 7-yard pass to Travis Blanchard to make it 14-14 at the half.
Gunn’s 24-yard pass to Lewis Howes put the Vipers ahead 21-14 early in the third quarter, and then Gunn’s 23-yard and 6-yard scampers set the table for the Tennessee Valley victory.
The Vipers withstood a pair of late Alabama touchdowns and headed back to Huntsville with their playoff hopes still alive.
Tennessee Valley plays at Everett, Wash., on Saturday before returning home July 14 to face Fort Wayne at the Von Braun Center.
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