Seminole Ridge 37, Pahokee 18: Running game carries Hawks
Friday, October 05, 2012
by Joseph Kairalla
Seminole Ridge relied on its running game and big-play ability to outlast Pahokee 37-18 on Friday night.
The Hawks were far from perfect against the Blue Devils, but when Pahokee cut the lead to 24-18 with 11 minutes left, Seminole Ridge began to play its best.
Hawks running back Eli Turene broke loose on a 55-yard run on third down to increase the lead to 31-18. It was Turene's third touchdown of the game.
"This was the first game Eli has been completely healthy," Hawks coach Matt Dickmann said. "It's easy to see we're a much better football team with him out there."
After the Hawks' defense forced a three-and-out by the Blue Devils, the other Ridge star running back, Silas Spearman, went to work.
Spearman needed just two plays to increase the Hawks' lead to 13. He broke off a 12-yard rush and followed that with a 48-yard touchdown run in which he broke numerous tackles.
Spearman finished with 185 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries.
"Silas is really growing into a leader of this team," Dickmann said. "His work ethic is clear to his teammates, and that's why he's one of our captains."
Seminole Ridge jumped out to a 17-0 lead thanks to a 21-yard first-quarter run by Spearman, a safety and a 3-yard touchdown by Turene.
But then the Blue Devils (0-4) came fighting back. Quarterback James Johnson connected with receiver Derry Brown, who made a great one-handed catch for a 15-yard touchdown to cut it to 17-6 midway through the second.
Johnson struck again on the Blue Devils' next drive, taking a keeper 70 yards to pull Pahokee within 17-12.
"They are a much better team than they were last year," Dickmann said of the Blue Devils. "They played a tough game."
Turene, who finished with 123 yards and three scores on 10 carries, increased the Hawks' lead to 24-12 at the half by scoring on a 3-yard run late in the second.
The teams played a scoreless third before Rasaynd Croney scored on a 1-yard run on the second play of the fourth quarter to pull the Blue Devils within six.
The victory improved Seminole Ridge to 2-2. The Hawks have two big district games coming up as they travel to John I. Leonard and then to Palm Beach Gardens.