The Seminole Ridge High School girls flag football team hosted rival Palm Beach Central High School on Thursday, March 5 and defeated the Broncos 27-6, led by quarterback Haylie Young’s four touchdown passes.
The Hawks struck quickly from the onset to take some steam from the Broncos to take a 14-0 lead. Seminole Ridge scored on its first two offensive plays. The first came when Young connected on the opening play of the game with Caitlyn O’Neill for an 80-yard touchdown.
The Hawks got the ball back after a Bronco punt. From scrimmage, Young took the snap and launched a 30-yard scoring pass to Vivianna Parson to put the Hawks up 14-0 early in the first quarter.
The Palm Beach Central defense settled, forced a Hawk punt and managed two interceptions in the second quarter to set up a scoring drive that would close the margin. The Bronco quarterback found Clermelene Devariste on an 18-yard touchdown pass. The point after fell incomplete, cutting the Hawk lead to 14-6 early in the third quarter.
Seminole Ridge was able to make adjustments and hold the Bronco offense scoreless for the balance of the clock. It did not take long for the Hawks to respond. Young threw a quick slant, splitting two defenders, to Chloe Griffin, who darted off for a 24-yard touchdown to extend the Seminole Ridge lead to 21-6 to close out the third quarter.
The Bronco defense gained some momentum after a fourth and short stop to give their offense another shot at closing the deficit. Palm Beach Central’s offensive unit had a difficult time putting together a consistent attack against an aggressive Seminole Ridge defense. The Hawks would reclaim possession, and Griffin would earn her second touchdown on the night, this time from 18 yards out. The score came on the Hawks’ last possession, ending the contest 27-6.
With the win, Seminole Ridge remained unbeaten early in the season at 2-0 while the Broncos fell to 1-2.