It didn’t look good for the Franklin County Seahawk football team this season.
Coming off a decade-long history of losing seasons, the Hawks lost their first three games, faltering in their home opener to Florida A & M High School 18-15, and then getting blanked on the road at North Bay Haven 20-0, and then returning home only to get shutout 8-0 by Bell.
It was then first-year coach Tony Yeomans made some changes, bringing in freshman quarterback Lamarius Martin, and the Hawks came alive, winning their next four in a row, at home 52-6 over Liberty County, on the road 21-12 over Sneads, at home 35-6 over Branford, and at home 55-32 over Lighthouse Private Christian Academy.
Keep choppin’ wood, urged Yeomans.
The Hawks then lost a heartbreaker 30-28 to powerhouse Cottondale at home, when a last-minute field goal try hit the crossbar and bounced back on the field.
Two home wins followed, 17-14 over Wewahitchka and 49-8 over Munroe, and the squad had posted a 6-4 record, the school’s first ever winning record.
But a new playoff point system kept the Hawks out of the post-season, even though Jefferson County, with a 4-6 record, made it.
“It ain’t right, the playoff system’s got a lot of kinks in it,” Yeomans said. “You should have to have a winning record,”
Leading off the wealth of honors was junior cornerback Ethan Riley, who led Class 1A with nine interceptions, and was named the Apalachicola River Valley Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year.
Senior tight end Landen Abel and senior runner back Dalyn Sheridan both made first team offense, while junior defensive end Tonnor Segree and junior linebacker Rufus Townsend both made first team offense.