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Seminole manhandles Miller, 29-7, in annual 'Family Feud'

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

DONALSONVILLE -- If there was ever a football game that best used each team's jersey color as an analogy, it'd be Miller County vs. Seminole County on Friday night.

The Indians, who wear green, were on the go all night, while the Pirates, who wear red, were stopped on pretty much every play.

Seminole racked up 364 yards of total offense, got two scores from Barren Rambo and held the usually-high-scoring Miller to 39 total yards until two minutes left in the game as the Indians beat their rivals, 29-7, in an important Region 1-A game, which is known as the "Family Feud."

"The thing about Miller and Seminole is, you can throw all the records away. It usually comes down to (something small like) a penalty or a miscue here or there," Seminole head coach Alan Ingram said. "But the bottom line is the kids learned their assignments and executed, with one or two exceptions. ... I would love to have seen the snake eyes (for a shutout, though)."

Ironically, for two teams that run the ball so well, the first two scores of the game -- also referred to as the "Border Battle" --- came on pass plays. The first was a 38-yarder from Miller's quarterback Caleb Cunningham to Marvin Grant with 50 seconds to go in the first.

The second was a 43-yard pass from Seminole's Antwan Buggs to a diving Nate George in the end zone to make it 7-7 with 11:08 to go in the half.

The Indians struck again with 5 minutes left in the half on Rambo's 5-yard TD run, and Dee Virgin ran in the 2-point conversion to his right to make it 15-7 Seminole.

"Seminole County has a good football team. Coach Ingram has them rockin' and rollin'," Miller head coach Frank Killingsworth said. "(But) it's no secret my No. 99 (Juwan Jones) couldn't go tonight (because of a shin injury). He hadn't been in practice all week. He tried to go on defense some, but it hurt us not having him on offense."

The Indians had a chance to break the game open with 1:15 left in the half on a fourth and 4 at Miller's 4-yard line, but the Pirates stifled Buggs at the 1-yard line.

"When things are not going good, he usually kind of takes over and puts the burden on his shoulder," Ingram said of Buggs, who finished with 106 yards on the ground. "Tonight, there were times he tried a little too hard to do it himself, so ... it was not one of his better ball games."

Miller's powerhouse running back T.T. Barber finished the first half with only 25 yards on the ground -- he netted a negative-1 yards in the second quarter -- while Virgin (71 yards) and Antwan Buggs (63) combined for 134 for Seminole. Buggs also had 53 yards in the air at halftime.

After a scoreless third quarter, Rambo scored again for Seminole on a 5-yard run with 6:52 left in the game to make it 22-7.

"'Fat Boy.' That's my nickname for him," Ingram chuckled. "He's not as quick as (some of the others), and he has a high ankle sprain, but he's a bull."

Virgin -- who finished with 15 carries for 137 yards -- iced the game for the Indians (6-3, 5-1) with 1:58 left on a 19-yard run after a pitch from Buggs.

"I'm real proud (of the guys)," said Rambo, who finished with 71 rushing yards himself. "We move the ball either way -- fullback, running back or quarterback. We do our thing, (and it works)."

Seminole finished with 311 yards on the ground and will try to keep its momentum, and the No. 2 seed in 1-A, heading into its final regular-season game against Randolph-Clay, while Miller will try to clinch the No. 3 seed against Stewart County next week.

"I was proud of my kids' efforts. We had some opportunities that we let go by, and now we're going to go back, get ready for Stewart, and get ready for the show," said Killingsworth, whose team only had three plays of more than 10 yards the whole night. "I think we can still make some noise in the playoffs. We just have to practice and get healthy."