It was Emma Wagenmann’s pair of touchdowns that sparked a second half surge for the Seminole Ridge High School flag football squad on Tuesday, March 12 that helped seal a 19-0 win. The Hawks’ season-opening victory marked the first loss for the Broncos (2-1).
The first half ended scoreless after both teams struggled to move the ball consistently and turning it over through the air, trading interceptions. Palm Beach Central came close after an interception by Bailee Cotrone set up good field possession for the offense just before the end of the half inside the Hawks’ 20-yard line. The Broncos could not convert the Hawk turnover into points, and the half ended scoreless.
Seminole Ridge relied on Wagenmann the second half to carry the workload. The third play from scrimmage on the Hawks’ opening possession resulted in a 52-yard touchdown from Wagenmann, who caught a short eight-yard slant pass from Kyla Bergmann, shook off two Bronco defenders and raced down the sideline for the score. The point-after attempt fell incomplete, but the Hawks would lead the rest of the way.
Madison Herzig picked off a Bronco pass deep in Palm Beach Central real estate to give Seminole Ridge a chance to extend their lead. This time, Lauren DeSanti reeled in a touchdown pass from five yards out to give the Hawks a 12-0 advantage going into the fourth quarter.
Wagenmann notched her second score on the night when she grabbed a 23-yard pass from Bergmann late in the fourth quarter. Her second score lifted the Hawks to a 19-0 lead, which was carried until the clock expired.
Wagenmann is credited with the two touchdowns for the Hawks. Cotrone and Nicole Cuomo each had an interception for the Broncos.