BY GENE NARDI
The Seminole Ridge High School varsity football squad hosted Pahokee High School for the Hawks’ homecoming game on Friday, Oct. 24, dominating the Blue Devils 54-21.
The Hawks used a balanced attack through the air and on the ground to keep the Pahokee offense practically off the field. Seminole Ridge (4-4, 0-2) rebounded with the win after a disappointing 42-15 loss to Wellington a week ago, and propelled themselves back to the .500 mark.
Running back Jalen Young, committed to FAU, stepped in at the quarterback position, replacing an injured James Parson for the second week in a row.
Young led the Hawk offense to a 14-0 early first-quarter lead, after the defense riddled the Pahokee offense, forcing two turnovers.
Hawk running back Sean Edwards drove in the first touchdown from 1 yard out. Jacob Curran’s kick made it 7-0.
After a Pahokee fumble on their own 18-yard line, running back Kerrith Whyte ran 18 yards for the second score. Curran’s kick extended the Hawk lead to 14-0.
Young then connected with Whyte on a 60-yard touchdown pass. Curran’s kick gave the Hawks an impressive 21-0 lead.
Pahokee finally responded with a 65-yard touchdown pass to close the gap to 21-7, but that would be as close as the Blue Devils would come to any hopes of launching a comeback.
Young led the Seminole Ridge in the second quarter on a 65-yard drive and capped it off with a 5-yard run to the outside on a keeper. Curran’s kick extended the Hawks’ lead to 28-7.
Pahokee would battle back in the second half, scoring twice more, but could not go blow-for-blow with the Seminole Ridge power offense, as it racked up another 26 points in dominating fashion to come away with the 54-21 homecoming victory.
Seminole Ridge will host Jupiter High School on Friday, Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m. in a District 9-8A contest.
ABOVE: Running back Sean Edwards powers forward for a big gain as his jersey is pulled from his body.