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Seminole opens region play with 27-6 win vs. Terrell

Jakhari Martin led Seminole County with two rushing touchdowns, including a 64-yard burst in the fourth quarter that put the game away.

Jakhari Martin led Seminole County with two rushing touchdowns, including a 64-yard burst in the fourth quarter that put the game away.

DONALSONVILLE — Seminole County had a goal of shutting down Terrell County’s Jerkerious Scott from the start Friday in the Region 1-A opener for both teams.

After the Greenwave had run off three straight wins, the Indians wanted to take away their major threat and they did it, holding Scott to just one passing touchdown in a 27-6 win.

“Basically, stop No. 12 (Scott) and we’ll win the game,” Seminole senior quarterback Jakhari Martin said of the pre-game plan.

Martin did his part on offense, too.

He scored two rushing touchdowns, including a 64-yard burst in the fourth quarter that put the game away. Martin ran for 111 yards on 10 carries.

Scott, meanwhile, struggled on the ground and in the air. He completed just 7-of-21 passes for 156 yards and was held to 43 yards rushing on 18 carries.

“We shot ourselves in the foot,” Terrell County head coach William Huff said. “We thought we’d play a lot better than we did. It’s a big letdown. Maybe we were a little too high. Maybe we were rolling a little too much.”

Terrell’s best drive of the game was the opening drive, but it stalled inside the Seminole 20 and ended in a turnover on downs thanks to a sack by sophomore linebacker Brendan Kimble.

Dequan Hamlet got Seminole (3-2, 1-0 Region 1-A) on the board first with a 5-yard touchdown run at the end of the first quarter.

Hamlet finished with 90 yards rushing on 13 carries.

The Greenwave (3-3, 1-1 Region 1-A) answered with a 72-yard strike from Scott to Osmond Lemons. Lemons outjumped Justin Elijah and Thomas Aiken for the ball and took off for the endzone.

Aiken, a 6-foot, 210-pound bruiser as a freshman, came on late in the half with a 3-yard touchdown run with 48 seconds before half to put Seminole ahead 14-6. Aiken finished with 72 yards on seven carries and had a 40-yard kickoff return but left the game with a shoulder injury and did not return.

Seminole had three fumbles on the night, but Terrell County could do nothing with it.

“I don’t think they played their best ballgame,” Seminole County head coach Alan Ingram said of Terrell.

Terrell County’s Demarkese Carter finished with 61 yards rushing on 12 carries.

Seminole County hosts Stewart County Friday, while Terrell County goes to Mitchell County.