EASTPOINT – In winning their third straight Friday night, Franklin County did something they rarely do, roll past an opponent in steady yeomanlike fashion.
In fact, you could say their 35-6 win over the Branford Buccaneers was handled in Yeomans-like fashion.
“We’re getting better every week,” said first year coach Tony Yeomans, who has so far amassed as many wins in a season as any of his predecessors, with three of the remaining four games left to play all at home.
“We keep chopping wood,” he said. “Our kids fought and fought. We got a little lackadaisical at the end and gave up a shutout.”
The Bucs’ only score came with 2:42 left in the game when senior Seahawk Landen Abel’s punt was blocked and recovered by Branford senior linebacker Trey Sapp in the end zone.
After a bruising stalemate throughout the first quarter seemed like an omen for a tight game, the Seahawks struck first on the quarter’s final play, when junior wingback Ethan Riley took a pitch and sprinted down the sideline for a 67-yard score.
The second quarter began as a standoff as well, until on a third-and-12 at midfield, freshman quarterback Lamarius Martin hit senior Dalin Sheridan on the run for a 30-yard pass, to put the Seahawks on the Bucs’ 18 yard line.
But a Martin fumble three plays later on the 12-yard-line, pounced on by junior defensive back Trevon White, handed the ball back to the Bucs.
The Seahawks defense stymied Branford’s drive, and then blocked a punt that dribbled neatly into junior Micah McLeod’s arms, who ran it to the 9. Junior fullback Rufus Townsend then bulled his way in for the score from two yards out. Junior Abner Ramirez then hit the second of the five extra points he would nail on the night, for a 14-0 lead.
The Seahawks managed two scores within the last 15 seconds of the half, the first coming when sophomore Wayne Kilpatrick ran it in from the 17.
Then, on the Buc’ first play from scrimmage, Sheridan intercepted a Buccaneer pass, and then on the next play, hauled in a 32-yard-aerial from Martin to put the Seahawks up 28-0 at the half.
An interception early in the third quarter by Seahawk senior Jack Harris continued the Franklin County pressure. With 53 seconds left in the quarter, Martin scored on a quarterback keeper for a 35-0 lead and the running clock began.
“We knew they were physical, we knew they had a good downhill running game,” said first year Branford coach Tony Clark.
“They did what we expected them to do. We got pushed around up front, and we had too many missed assignments,” he said. “We thought this could be a very low scoring game, maybe an overtime game, just smash mouth, the type of game we wanted to play.
“But we busted assignments on the back end and we missed tackles and it kind of snowballed,” Clark said. “At that point they just believed when we didn’t.”
Yeomans urged all Seahawk fans to be sure to come out to Friday night’s homecoming game against Light of the World Christian Academy, beginning at 7 p.m.
He said he, the coaches and the entire team would love to have the stands filled, cheering them on as they approach a possible post-season appearance.
“What better entertainment is there to enjoy on a Friday night?” said the coach. “Come on out and back our young men.”