The middle school Seahawks, the top seed in the Eastern Conference, will play in the Super Bowl at Mikel Clark Field this Tuesday night.
The Hawks will face off at 7 p.m. against Chipley Rolak, the Western champs.
Tolar, the Eastern Conference’s second seed, will play for third place in the 5 p.m. game against the Western’s second seed, Vernon..
The Seahawks earned the top seed by virtue of a 42-12 win Sept. 29 against a run-heavy Grand Ridge middle school squad.
After a sluggish start by the defense, but head coach Tony Yeomans and assistant Kevin Newell zeroed in on some adjustments to have the D pumping on all cylinders, as they surrebndereed only two touchdowns..
Led by defensive captain K.W. Newell, the Hawks defense shut down the Grand Ridge running attack. Two notable mentions in the team effort were Lamarius “Monk” Martin, who turned a Grand Ridge turnover into a touchdown and defensive lineman “Big” Blake Chastain, who blew up tackles downfield and behind the line of scrimmage.
Offensively, the Hawks were equally impressive, as quarterback Colin Amison connected twice for aerial touchdowns, a 70-yard scoring strike to Dorian Fleming, and a toss to Martin. Amison also accounted for a pair of rushing touchdowns.
The offensive line, led by Cole Shelley, controlled the line, providing plenty of time for the passing attack, with big rushing plays by Charles Brown taking its toll on the opponents. As a whole the Hawk offense accumulated well over 500 total yards, 300-plus in the air and a respectable 200 on the ground.
“It took a team effort and all three phases, offense, defense and special teams, were clicking,” said Yeomans. “With this victory we solidified a playoff bid, ending a county drought on football playoggs going as far back as the days of Apalachicola High School.”