You can call it a streak, you can call it a turning point, you can call it whatever you wish.
But be sure to call last Friday nights 21-12 downing of Sneads a win, as the Seahawks’ second straight win, unheard of several seasons, has Franklin County fans clamoring for more.
“I see where we’re getting better. They’re starting to believe in the process,” said Coach Tony Yeomans, whose battle cry ‘Why not us?” has led the charge all year.
“They’re starting to taste it a little bit,” he said. “They’re teaching kids how to win around here. They’re getting that taste in their mouth and they like it.”
Traveling to Jackson County for the game, the Seahawks led from start to finish, as junior Ethan Riley scored on a jet sweep from 25 yards out to put the Hawks up 7-0 heading into the second quarter.
The Pirates scored a touchdown, but missed the extra point, so the Hawks clung to a 7-6 lead heading into the locker room.
Riley broke a trap play for a 66-yard touchdown run in the third, and a 14-6 lead heading into the final quarter.
Freshman quarterback Lamarius “Monk” Martin threw a pass to senior Dalin Sheridan for a 65-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter, and while the Pirates scored a second time, the Hawks had a 21-12 win.
Junior Abner Ramirez hit all three of his extra points. “He’s doing an excellent job for us,” said Yeomans.
“We got physical, we hit ‘em in the mouth,” said the coach. “One of their line coaches told me he thought he’d never see the game when Franklin County would line up and hit them in the mouth.
“Our offensive line is starting to come off the football, and Ethan and Dalin are running the ball with authority,” said Yeomans. “We’re grinding it out and it takes its toll on people.”
Riley, the Seahawks’ star wingback and defensive back, led the team, carrying the ball 22 times for 164 yards on the ground, along with snaring two interceptions and recording six tackles.
Junior defensive end Tonnor Segree led the team with five solo and five assists, as well as snaring one interception and two sacks.
Juniors Rufus Townsend and Colton Evans were also defensive standouts, as Townsend tallied seven tackles, and a fumble recovery, and Evans seven tackles and two sacks.
“I think the defense played well,” said Yeomans. “We gave up one big play. We’ve played all year well defensively. We’re starting to get better on both sides of the football. We just need to keep chipping wood and go to work every day.”
Offensively, Yeomans said he thought the line as a whole blocked as well as they have all year, led by senior tight end Landen Abel, who had six pancake blocks and caught one pass.
Townsend ran hard, with authority, tallying 56 yards on 11 carries, while sophomore Warren Kilpatrick had five carries for 12 yards and Sheridan one carry for seven yards.
Yeomans said Martin at quarterback is starting to gel, as he threw for 5 of 7 completions for 129 yards.
“He managed the game well,” said the coach. “He’s taking charge as a leader, and that’s pretty good as a freshman.”
The team is off Friday, as they ready to host the Branford Buccaneers on Friday, Oct. 6.