EASTPOINT - Franklin County got a scare Friday night in their pre-season exhibition against Liberty County, but it wasn’t on the scoreboard, which showed the Seahawks with a 27-6 victory,
Not long after senior wingback Ethan Riley sped into the end zone from 58 yards out, on the Seahawk opening drive, he went down with a knee injury, and had to watch nearly the entire game leaning on a pair of crutches on the sideline. Coach Tony Yeomans said they'll know more after an MRI Monday.
And in the second half, after he had put two touchdowns on the board in the first, sophomore wide receiver Lamarius Martin was sidelined with a bruised collarbone, which turned out not to be broken as initially feared.
There was plenty of cramping up as well, which took key players off the field at times.
The whole picture concerns Yeomans, who had nothing but raves for his defense, and a middling grade for his offense.
“We were sloppy, we’re not in very good shape. We didn’t block very well, we tackled OK but we’re not where we’re going to be,” he said. “We will get ready, we will be better.”
With less than a minute left in the first quarter, after penalties had backed the Seahawks up to a third-and-goal from the Liberty 19, junior quarterback Javon Pride rolled to his right and on the run hit Martin in the corner of the end zone for his first score of the night. Senior Abner Ramirez hit his first of three extra points, for a 13-0 Franklin County lead, as the quarter came to an end.
On the first play of the second quarter, Martin rushed in from 75 yards for his second score, and a 20-0 lead.
The first of two interceptions on the night by senior Colton Evans, and a recovered muffed punt by senior Tonnor Segree, kept the Bulldogs from mounting any serious offensive drives in the second quarter.
With 2:22 left, freshman quarterback Colin Amison hit a sprinting Pride on a 50-yard pass play, giving the Seahawks a 27-0 lead going into the locker room.
“They got in our kids heads early on and they held their heads down and it wasn’t until halftime we could get their heads back up,” said Liberty County Coach Derek Causseaux.
The Bulldogs outpointed the Seahawks 6-0 in the second half, with senior running back Destin Fletcher handling most of the running duties.
With 2:52 left in the third quarter, senior quarterback Brady Peddie connected on a six-yard touchdown pass to junior Lucas Barber.
“We won the second half,” said Causseaux. “if we can put four quarter together we have a good season ahead of us, but we have to put four quarters together.”