Seahawks spoils Seahawk Senior Night

Flanked by his granddad, Paul Orr, and his mom, Cindi Brackin, Seahawk senior Karl Sanford salutes d

Flanked by his granddad, Paul Orr, and his mom, Cindi Brackin, Seahawk senior Karl Sanford salutes during Senior Night ceremonies.

Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 05:15 PM.

 

South Walton was the better of a pair of Seahawks Friday night, as they snapped a season-long losing streak with a 37-10 win over Franklin County .

Sophomore quarterback Johnathan Ortner punctured the pass defense with a 19-for-26 performance for 219 yards and three touchdowns, handing Phil Tisa his first win after nine losses in his inaugural season as South Walton head coach.

“Those were a hard 10 weeks,” he said. “It was a rough schedule, seven of the 10 teams on our schedule are in the playoffs, but we stayed together and got better each week. During those nine losses I never lost those kids wanting to play for me and that lets me sleep at night.”

The visiting Seahawks spotted the hometown ones a field goal early on, when senior Zach Howze nailed a 29-yarder with 5:16 left in the first quarter.

Franklin County sophomore Cameron White managed an interception in the first half, and a 15-yard runback, but no scoring resulted. South Walton added 16 unanswered points before halftime, including successfully completing the team’s first field goal attempt of the year with no time left on the clock, when freshman Joe Ledo-Massey split the uprights from 27 yards out.

With 2:15 left in the first quarter, Ortner threw a 15-yard touchdown strike to senior wide receiver Drew Pheiffer for South Walton’s first touchdown. Pheiffer finished the night with eight receptions for 132 yards.



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