BY GENE NARDI
On Thursday, March 10, the Seminole Ridge High School girls flag football team opened its season traveling to play rival Palm Beach Central High School, and the Hawks shut out the Broncos 34-0.
The game was close during the first quarter, but the Hawks (1-0) got on the board early to take a 6-0 lead. The Broncos (0-2) were able to settle down on defense and contained Seminole Ridge for the remainder of the first quarter. The Broncos’ reign on defense was brief. The Hawks struck again midway through the second quarter. Medeline Harding hit Yazmin Salguero for a 62-yard touchdown pass. The point after gave the Hawks a 13-0 lead.
The Broncos began a drive in an effort to get on the board before the end of the first half. However, the drive was cut short. With two minutes left, Harding jumped on a Bronco pass and returned the interception 26 yards for the score to extend the Hawks’ lead to 20-0 to close out the half.
Seminole Ridge started its first possession of the second half firing on all cylinders and drove 80 yards for another score. Harding capped the drive with a 6-yard pass to Salguero. The point after extended the Hawk lead to 27-0.
Palm Beach Central could not crack the tough Hawk defense. The Broncos were continuously forced into a punt situation. The Hawks put up another score with two minutes left in the game, and closed out their season opener with the 34-0 victory.
Harding threw for three touchdowns and had a pick-six. Salguero recorded two scores. The Hawks improved to 1-0 on the season, while the Broncos fell to 0-2.
ABOVE: Hawk receiver Yazmin Salguero avoids the Palm Beach Central defenders and runs in for the score.