Despite a couple more injured players to add to the list, the Seahawks played tough in Gilchrist County Friday night before sustaining a hard-fought 20-13 loss to Bell.
“We ran out of bodies basically,” said Coach Tony Yeomans. “I ran out of athletes.”
While the Seahawks did have senior Colton Evans back in uniform, they sustained injuries to senior lineman Duncan Whaley and freshman Jewayne O’Neal, both of whom are questionable for Friday’s away game at Liberty County.
These new injuries go along with senior Ethan Riley, who was expected to have surgery yesterday for a torn anterior cruciate ligament, sophomore Lamarius Martin, who is recovering from a broken collarbone, and senior Alex Hardy, also sidelined.
“I’ve never seen anything like this, it’s devastating to a team,” said Yeomans. “We got to keep pushing until we get some people back.”
After a scoreless first quarter, the Bulldogs scored a rushing touchdown midway through the second, and then nailed the two-point conversion, for an 8-0 lead at the half.
Junior quarterback Javan Pride started the game, but then went to wide receiver when O’Neal turned his ankle.
Freshman quarterback Colin Amison then came in to take snaps, and he finished with 160 yards, completing 7 of 12 aerials, and one touchdown.
After senior running back Rufus Townsend scored on a 32-yard run midway through the third quarter, and the Seahawks missed the two-point conversion, they trailed 8-6. “We tried a quarterback draw and they stopped us half a yard short,” said Yeomans.
Bell scored on another long run in the third quarter, and missed the extra point, to go up 14-6 heading into the final quarter.
Early in the quarter Amison threw a 45-yard touchdown strike to Pride, and after senior kicker Abner Ramirez hit the extra point, the Seahawks trailed 14-13.
Bell ran the kickoff back about 80 yards, and then scored on a short run, to lead 20-13 with three minutes left. There was no coming back in the final drive.
“We made too many mistakes in critical situations,” said Yeomans. “We dressed 19 kids Friday night, and everybody was playing both ways. We had kids who never had played. The kids need some rest.”
Senior fullback Micah McLeod led the team with 14 rushes for 52 yards. Senior defensive end Tonnor Segree led the defense with nine tackles, one for a loss, and Townsend had nine tackles as well.
“The kids never quit fighting. We’re going to keep fighting until we get people back,” he said. “We’re not going to quit.”