Improving Seahawks fall to Wewahitchka

Josie Kriss

Eighth grader Josie Kriss performs at halftime on the flute

DAVID ADLERSTEIN | The Times
Published: Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 12:04 PM.

Franklin County was able to move the ball Friday night at Wewahitchka, but too many turnovers and the blazing speed of the Gators quarterback proved too much for the Seahawks.

The Gators (1-4) rushed for more than 250 yards and dominated the winless Seahawks in a 40-14 contest decided by halftime. But the Seahawks managed 247 yards on the ground, and threw for 71 more to keep pace.

“We had critical turnovers at critical points in the game,” said coach Aaron York. “We had a very good first quarter. I thought all the coaches did well with time management. We did a real good job of running the ball.”

Wewa’s Jonathan Palmer rushed for 45 yards in the first quarter to stake the Gators to an early 6-0 lead.

Wewahitchka had the ball for only seven offensive plays in the opening half, but the lead bulged in the second period as Javar Hill scored on a runs of 15 and 25 yards and Willie Hill put the icing on the first-half cake by scooping up a fumble at the Seahawks 35 and running in for the touchdown.

After posting a 26-0 halftime lead, Wewa quarterback Rashard Ranie, who rushed for 111 yards, continued the onslaught when he dashed 54 yards for a third-quarter touchdown and Shannon Jones, getting some varsity playing time, covered 16 yards on the ground for the Gators’ final score.

“Defensively we did not contain very well at all. Rashard Ranie hit the sideline on us three times and it was a foot race and we couldn’t catch him,” said York.



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