EASTPOINT – A thunderstorm rolling in off of Apalachicola Bay ended Friday night’s game between Franklin County and North Bay Haven early in the third quarter, handing the Seahawks a 13-0 shutout.
“I didn’t want to chance any more injuries, he didn’t want any more injuries, it’s too early in the season,” said Seahawks coach Tony Yeomans. “We’ve both been devastated already so we decided to call it a weather shortened game.”
Buccaneers coach Andy Siegal said his players weren’t relishing the thought of playing a second half, particularly since quarterback Ray Tynan had already been ousted from the game with injury.
“They played a really good game plan, they outphysicaled us,” he said. “They forced some stuff, they attacked, it was a good job by them
“They came out, they’re a physical football team, they’re pretty disciplined,” he said. “They came at us, they brought a lot of pressure in there with our young offensive line.”
With seniors Micah McLeod banging it up the middle, and Rufus Townsend sweeping it around end, the Seahawks drove early, aided by a 21-yard pass play to senior Simon Brathwaite that helped set up a second and goal from the two with 10:45 left in the second quarter.
Junior quarterback Javan Pride snuck it in to the endzone, and with senior Abner Ramirez connecting on the extra point the Seahawks led 7-0.
Brathwaite’s interception minutes later gave the ball back to the Seahawks, and with 4:12 left in the half, he hauled in a 41-yard pass from Pride to set up a second touchdown, when Pride snuck it in from the 1.
Ramirez’s kick was low and the Seahawks led 13-0 going into the locker room.
When they came out, the rain and wind were already threatening and four minutes into the third quarter the referees ordered the players leave the field. They did not return.
"I couldn't be more proud of these bunch of kids," said Yeomans. "The kids stepped up, didn't quit. I just can't express how much I love these kids."
Townsend suffered a bruised shoulder, and Alex Hardy had a knee injury but both are expected to be back for Friday's away game at Bell, as well as Colton Evans.