Seminole County's Javonte Smith shakes off Terrell County's Derrick Williams in the first half of Friday night's game at Greenwave Stadium. (Staff Photo: Tim Morse)
DAWSON — Terrell County quarterback Jatori Jones took the snap, stepped a few inches to his right and dashed untouched on his way to a 24-yard touchdown gallop.
Then he scored the 2-point conversion attempt. For a brief few minutes, the Greenwave stood on top of mighty Seminole County.
However, the Class A fourth-ranked and Herald No. 2 Indians rattled off five straight scores in the first half and cruised to an easy 48-8 victory over Terrell County Friday night at Greenwave Stadium in a battle of Region 1-A schools expected to contend for playoff berths.
The loss a snapped a three-game Terrell win streak, while lifting Seminole to a perfect 5-0 record.
“When you play good teams, you need to get off to a fast start,” Terrell County coach Charles Huff said. “But you can’t allow simple mental errors like jumping offsides and false starts, which comes from being amped up. You still have to focus. Those mental errors killed us early.”
Seminole’s outside speed on offense was too much for the Greenwave (3-3, 1-1 Region 1-A) to contain. The Indians ran through, over and around a Terrell County defense that had allowed no points in six quarters dating back to its Schley County victory two weeks ago.
The Indians ended Terrell’s scoreless streak two minutes and six seconds into the game.
For a key region contest, it started out promising for Terrell, which used a 53-yard kickoff return from Rokeem Johnson, followed by a personal foul penalty on the Indians. It gave Terrell first down at the Seminole 24, which Jones promptly turned into points with 11:46 left in the first quarter and an 8-0 lead.
“That is a good football team,” Huff said. “They brought the fight to us. We just could never give it back.”
Despite the early lead, the Indians used a 42-yard burst from Javonte Smith to cut into the deficit at 8-6.
Seminole (5-0, 1-0) took the lead for good on quarterback Alex Fudge’s 1-yard keeper, then added a two-point conversion run from Brendan Kimble to take a 14-8 lead with 2:08 left in the first quarter.
Meanwhile, the Indian defense didn’t allow Terrell to cross midfield the rest of the first half.
“Our kids played really well,” Seminole coach Alan Ingram said. “We had that wakeup call early, but their quarterback (Jones) is talented.”
Robert Speight’s 10-yard run, followed by Smith’s second touchdown run of the first half, a 15-yard dash, made it 28-8 with 3:49 left.
Then Speight added a 45-yard sprint with 52 seconds remaining before halftime as the Indians built an insurmountable lead.
Kimble added a 1-yard run early in the second half to make it 42-8, then Speight caught a short pass from Fudge and turned it into a 56-yard touchdown completion with 1:31 left in the third quarter.
So dominant was Seminole’s defense, it kept Terrell out of the endzone twice in the third quarter, sacking Jones to halt one drive. Then with 4:18 left in the third, Smith intercepted Terrell’s pass near the goal line.
“We still had some breakdowns which all high school teams do,” Ingram said. “But we’ve got some great kids and great assistant coaches. Everybody knows what we’re trying to do by working together.”