RIPLEY, W.Va. -- South Charleston had one thing on its mind Friday night.
The Black Eagles used big plays to extract a measure of revenge in a 42-20 victory over host Ripley. A crowd of about 3,000 attended the Mountain State Athletic Conference matchup.
The Vikings beat SC 7-6 in last year's clash, which more than likely cost the Black Eagles a spot in the Class AAA playoffs.
"To do that, we needed to win this one,'' said SC's Kevin Forrest, who returned an interception 99 yards for a touchdown and added two more receiving scores. "We finally came together as a team.''
SC (5-1), which was No. 14 in this week's AAA ratings, fell behind 13-7 in the opening quarter Friday but after that outscored Ripley 25-0 to take a commanding 42-13 advantage late in the fourth quarter.
SC had scoring drives of 2, 6, 1, 7 and 4 plays.
"Last week we completely went through the motions,'' said SC first-year coach Donnie Mays of a 21-19 home win over Parkersburg. "We came up here this year, and didn't expect to win. We earned it. We talk about that all the time, earn it, don't expect it.''
The first big play occurred when SC quarterback Kentre Grier hit wideout Fred Crozier on an 82-yard touchdown strike. Forrest then followed that with his 99-yard pick-six just before halftime for a 21-13 edge.