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By JIMMY WIGFIELD
SEMMES — The days leading up to Mary G. Montgomery’s game against Alma Bryant were far from serene for the Vikings.
It was homecoming. It was a short week. The Hurricanes had been stubborn, if not successful. And worst of all for MGM, starting running back Troy Flowers tore his ACL and was lost for the season.
But quarterback Jared Hollins was nearly perfect, the Vikings’ defense was nearly perfect and, halfway through the regular season, No. 4-ranked MGM remained perfect with a 42-7 rout of Bryant Thursday night at Grider Stadium.
Hollins was 11-of-13 passing for 182 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown bomb to James Bolton on the first play from scrimmage, and he peppered the Hurricanes with three more scoring passes in a dominating first half.
Shondell Harris, the sophomore who is enjoying an All-State caliber season at safety, ran through two defenders on a 35-yard scoring run and returned a kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown.
Flirtation with perfection has come in many shades this season for the Vikings (5-0, 2-0 7A Region 1). They still haven’t turned the ball over while the defense forced three more Thursday night to give them 17 in five games. They scored the first five times they had the ball against Bryant (1-3, 0-2), which struggled to 105 yards of total offense and a touchdown after MGM had piled up a 28-0 lead. Harris broke the long kickoff return. And, perhaps most promising, the Vikings put together 158 yards on the ground with seven running backs doing their share to make up for Flowers’ absence.
“The message all week was ‘Prepare for a war and expect to dominate,” said MGM coach Zach Golson, whose team has won 11 straight regular-season games. “Our kids were really focused and we played solid in all three phases.”