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Bryant, Taylor help Early rip Seminole in opener

Early County speedster Ladonis Bryant touched the ball just five times in the opening half of the Bobcats' 55-20 win against Seminole County on Friday night, amassing 197 yards of total offense just by himself.

Early County speedster Ladonis Bryant touched the ball just five times in the opening half of the Bobcats' 55-20 win against Seminole County on Friday night, amassing 197 yards of total offense just by himself.

BLAKELY — Ladonis Bryant had his own personal field day Friday in the first half of Early County’s 2012 season opener.

Bryant touched the ball just five times in the opening half of the Bobcat’s 55-20 win against Seminole County, amassing 197 yards of total offense. Jacori Taylor hit Bryant twice on scoring throws of 60 and 67 yards in the first quarter and Bryant added a 69-yard run to set up Jatavius Lyles’ 6-yard score that put the Bobcats ahead, 29-0, with 9:28 left in the second quarter.

“I always expect to come out here and give my team a spark,” said Bryant, who finished the night with three scores.

Taylor, Early County’s senior quarterback, had his own highlight show through the air, completing 4-of-6 passes for 154 yards and three TDs in the first half.

He connected with Martavius Allen on a 26-yard strike with 11 seconds left in the opening half for a 36-0 Bobcats’ lead at the break.

“We wanted to try to come out fast, but you don’t ever think it’s going to happen like that,” Early County head coach Trey Woolf said. “Everything went our way and luckily we took advantage of good things.”

Bryant nearly put up more offensive numbers trying his hand at the pass, but two Early County receivers ran into each other on a wide open bomb down the middle of the field.

“I’m going to leave it to (Taylor),” Bryant said about throwing the ball again.

Bryant added a 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to put Early County ahead 42-0.

Bryant finished with 128 yards receiving on three catches and 70 yards rushing. Taylor left the game early in the third after throwing for 188 yards on 6-of-11 passing with one interception. He also ran for 40 yards. Early (1-0) ran just 15 plays in the opening half and rolled up 266 yards of offense.

Hardly anything went right for Seminole County, which was breaking in first-year starting quarterback Jakhari Martin against a stout Bobcats’ defense. The Indians (0-1) fumbled six times and lost all six. Seminole turned the ball over on downs inside the Early County red zone in the first half and then fumbled inside the Bobcats’ 15 yard line twice, killing any chance the Indians had.

“I don’t think we ran a play right in the first half,” Seminole County head coach Alan Ingram said. “Young jitters, mistakes, backs going the wrong way and wrong reads. Things like that.”

Early County’s Jarquavius Smith opened the game on Seminoles’ first possession by scooping up an errant option pitch and racing 24 yards for a score less than two minutes into the game.

“I’m trying to remember the last time we scored on defense,” Woolf said. “That’s great to see.”

Martin added a late 18-yard touchdown throw to Tyler Peters and a 3-yard scoring run, while Daquan Hamlet scored on an 8-yard run in the fourth for Seminole County. Martin was 4-for-5 passing for 130 yards.

Tyrek Lyles tacked on a 62-yard touchdown run and Jawanis Horn found paydirt on a 7-yard run for the Bobcats in the second half.

Early County goes on the road Friday at Miller County. Seminole County plays Turner County.