The Franklin County Seahawks will face North Bay Haven on Saturday, Sept. 3 at 11 a.m. at Mikel Clark Stadium. The game was rescheduled from Friday night, Sept. 2 due to the storm.
EASTPOINT – The Lafayette Hornets got their sting on Friday night in their first-ever football outing in Franklin County against the Seahawks.
Amassing over 300 total yards, 262 of that on the ground, the Mayo squad traveled home with a 42-0 win in each team’s season opener.
‘I feel across the board offensively that a lot of guys contributed, which we were hoping to do. I think that was a great way to start the season,” said coach Joey Pearson,
At the tail end of a tight first quarter, the Hornets’ first sting came with 35 seconds left when junior quarterback Alex Scarborough ran a bootleg in from the 2 yard line. Senior kicker Jose Vences then nailed the first of his perfect six-for-six extra point tries.
Early in the second, an errant handoff in the backfield between Seahawks senior quarterback Tyler Howard and sophomore running back Ethan Riley was scooped up by sophomore linebacker Levi Sutley at midfield and he rambled in for the score.
“Short fields and turnovers was what changed the momentum to give us a chance to open up the game,” said Pearson. “In the end our depth helped. We wore them out a little bit.”
Sophomore running back Garris Edwards, the Hornets chief worker on the ground, had half the team’s 30 total carriers, for 128 yards, and a touchdown, a 19-yard scamper that put his team up 21-0 with 3:00 left in the half.
Scarborough, who was 4 of 12 in the air for 39 yards. tossed a six-yard touchdown pass to junior running back Kendall Calhoun early in the second half for a 28-0 bulge.
Junior running back Tre-vonte Clark tallied 74 yards on six carries, including a 27-yard scoring burst with 3:00 left in the third quarter. Senior quarterback Benton Walked added two rushes late in the game for 35 yards, 20 of them on the team’s last touchdown midway through the fourth quarter.
“I felt we gained a lot of confidence, last year we had a tough year,” said Pearson, whose 3-7 record last year was his first losing season in 18 years as Hornets coach.
“We’ve had a great offseason aiming for tonight and it came together to kick us off for a good start and hopefully we can continue,” he said. “We’re healthy and we’re confident and hopefully we’ll play good.”
Next week the team lines up against the Branford Buccaneers, their chief rival on the other side of the Suwannee River, with Lafayette hoping to keep alive its strong of seven consecutive wins.
The Seahawks are at home against North Bay Haven, and that game has been postponed for Friday, with possible rescheduling for Saturday.