The Seminole Ridge High School varsity football team kicked off the fall season with a 19-7 pre-season loss to the Park Vista High School Cobras on Friday, Aug. 16. This was partly due to Park Vista returning the opening kickoff for an 89-yard touchdown.
Seminole Ridge quarterback Shane Goolsby fired back on offense, perfectly placing a ball to wideout Brandon Schabert for a 33-yard touchdown pass. This wouldn’t have happened if Hawk running back Deion McMinns didn’t fight for a hard-earned 11-yard run, setting up the throw. Throughout the game, Goolsby showed flashes of improviser Steve Young, turning two busted plays into gains.
On the defensive side, the Hawks linebacker corps and secondary showed impressive ability. While the defensive line attacked, they couldn’t generate many huge defensive plays. Linebackers Alex Cohen and Ryan Blake both racked up tackles, swarming to ball carriers all night. It was made easier for them, as defensive backs Andre Fuller, Reyan Blake and Daniel Brown locked up the Park Vista air space. Blake and Fuller pounded Cobra ball carriers that came their way, and lockdown cornerback Daniel Brown made a spectacular interception in the fourth quarter, hoping to give some life back to the Seminole Ridge offense.
However, poor weather and miscommunication led to a 19-7 loss to open the 2019-20 season.