After a scoreless first quarter, the South Lakes offense exploded to secure a 40-12 win and improve their record to 5-3 on the season.
Last year’s homecoming parade was canceled due to poor weather, but with clear skies and over three thousand in attendance from around the community, the 2019 Seahawks did not disappoint and put an exclamation point on the days’ activities.
Once again the Seahawks started slow and committed what the coaches have come to call “self-imploding” plays that left points off the scoreboard but the defense was flying out of the gate and held the Highlanders in check until the offense gained its footing. “This week we focused on accomplishing small goals”, coach Jason Hescock stated. “We’ve found the players were getting too result-oriented during the game. I began to write down small goals on my whiteboard and had the players scratch them off as the game went on. It helped to keep them focused.”
Once the teams switched sides to start the second quarter, McLean didn’t know who or what hit them. The Seahawks offense erupted with 21 points in the second quarter and another 19 in the third quarter. The offense registered three rushing touchdowns and 3 passing touchdowns. On two of the passing scores, the play calling had the Highlander defense chasing ghosts and allowed Marcus Miles to throw across the field to a wide-open Joseph Dagbe standing alone in the end zone. The Highlander offense was unable to gain a first down until there were 5 minutes left in the first half and only were able to find points once the Seahawk regulars were pulled off the field to give backups a chance to play in front of the Homecoming crowd.
Summing up the victory Hescock added, “This week we showed how fast we can play. Our run game was efficient and we were one or two blocks from busting things out in the first quarter. In the pass game, it was great to get [Wilson] Seneca the ball, he can do some damage when he gets out in space. He’s been a great soldier this season and it was great to see him get those opportunities. On defense, we had 5 turnovers and our D-Line shut down their A and B [inside] gaps and forced them to run outside which they could not do.”
This week the Seahawks will travel to Yorktown to play for at least a share of the Liberty Conference title. As has been the case the last few seasons, this late-season tilt against the Patriots will have playoff implications in the Region. “Our thought is to go 1-0 again this week. Early this season the Yorktown game was coming up a little too early in conversation in our locker room and we lost focus – now they are here.” The Patriots hold the top spot in the conference and sport one of the top passers in the area. The Seahawks defense has caused 27 turnovers, 14 by interception, so how both sides handle each other’s strengths will be a main theme on the night. South Lakes has a 5 game win streak against the Patriots, including the playoffs, so Yorktown will no doubt want to reverse that trend and keep South Lakes in their rear-view mirror.
Tonight, South Lakes (5-3, (2-1)) will travel to play Yorktown (7-1, (3-0)). Kick-off is scheduled for 7 P.M.