For three quarters it was a standoff, but two quick Graceville scores Friday night at Mikel Clark settled the matter, winning 19-0.


For three quarters it was a standoff, but two quick Graceville scores Friday night at Mikel Clark settled the matter, winning 19-0.



The Franklin County defense kept the Seahawks in the game, playing the best physical ballgame of the young season. “Let them hang around long enough to make them believe they could win the game,” said coach Josh Wright.



The Tigers scored on a fourth-and-six with about 6:37 left in the first quarter, when running back Jarrett Brogdon ran it in for the touchdown.



With 9:31 left in the half, Griggs snared an interception and ran it back 70 yards for an apparent score, but the score was nullified, when the last half of the run was called back on an illegal block. “ Highly costly penalties stole away the momentum on this, and a 20-yard scamper late in the third that put us past midfield,” said Wright. “We have to do a better job securing and maintaining our point of attack blocks if our backs are going to have the success they are capable.”



Logan McLeod managed an interception with 8:30 left in the third quarter, but the Seahawks were unable to capitalize on the turnover.



Trailing just 6-0 going into the final stanza, Brogdon ran it in from the two-yard-line with 8:43 left, and then Rasheed Campbell ran it in from the 20 with six minutes left to seal the win.



Quarterback Logan McLeod went five –for-10, for 46 yards for the Seahawks, while Griggs was seven-of-20 rushes for eight yards. Skyler Hutchinson ran 10 times, for nine yards.



Mercury Wynn, Ladarius Rhodes, Stefan Devaughn, Holden Foley and Dwayne Griggs each caught a pass.



Griggs led with 12 tackles, followed by Rhodes and Hutchinson each with seven and Kelsey Jones with six. Kicker Zack Howze had a 60-yard kickoff, and punted seven times for 184 yards, for a 26-yard average.



“We have gone to back to work and expect to have better results this Friday at Cottondale,” said Wright. “They are big up front.  They have a pair of talented running backs to go along with an efficient passer and tall wide receiver.  We will have to go up to Cottondale and take home a victory because they are not just going to hand us one. 



“Coach Mike Melvin is a very creative offensive and defensive coach so we have to be able to adjust as the game evolves to be successful.



Wright thanked the entire community that came out to support the Seahawks. “We will be at home again Sept. 28 against the Wewahitchka Gators with kickoff at 7:30 p.m. and a dance performance halftime show featuring the members of the Pam Nobles Dance studio,” he said.