Seminole County’s Robert Speight rushes upfield against Pelham Friday night in Pelham. (Staff Photo: Tim Morse)
PELHAM — Seminole County was well aware of Pelham’s ground attack.
They knew the Herald No. 3 Hornets were averaging more than 300 yards rushing in their three victories this season.
And they knew that in order to beat Pelham, Seminole would have to beat the Hornets at their own game.
The Herald No. 2 Indians did just that, rolling up 251 yards rushing en route to an old-fashioned 42-12 whipping Friday night at the Hornets Nest, handing Pelham its first loss of the season.
“We run the option and we never had a game plan going in,” Seminole coach Alan Ingram said. “We knew they ran the 3-5. We just took what they were giving us.”
Seminole (4-0) attempted just one pass in the game, which went for a touchdown in the third quarter when Jabius Glenn hauled in a 32-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Alex Fudge.
The Indians didn’t need to pass much with their ground game running nearly perfect. The Indians’ speed around the corners seemed to be too much for Pelham.
Meanwhile, Pelham managed just 146 yards of total offense, 115 coming on the ground.
“They beat us up front on both sides of the ball,” Pelham coach Frankie Carroll said. “We knew they had a good team. It was just one of those nights for us.”
Seminole County wasted little time, needing just three plays to march 47 yards for the game’s first score on a 35-yard dash by Robert Speight. Speight took a pitch, rolled to his left and down the sidelines.
Pelham answered early in the second quarter on Darren Jackson’s 3-yard burst up the middle. The extra point attempt was blocked, leaving the Hornets trailing, 7-6.
But the Indians scored two more times to take a commanding 21-6 halftime lead with Fudge scoring on a 29-yard run and a 1-yard keeper.
Any chance Pelham had of trying to claw back into the game ended on Seminole’s opening possession of the second half when Speight and the Indians marched 66 yards on eight plays. Speight scored on a 16-yard scamper as the Indians took an insurmountable 28-6 lead after the extra point attempt.
Javonte Smith also added a touchdown run for the Indians to extend their lead to 35-6. Seminole’s commanding lead forced the officials to play the fourth quarter under a running clock according to Georgia High School Association rules.
“I really didn’t want to score that last one,” Ingram said. “Frankie (Carroll) and I are such good friends, I didn’t want to score any more on them. I just wanted to get that 35-point cushion and let the clock run (in the fourth quarter).”
Pelham’s Tre’von White caught a 19-yard touchdown pass from Clarence Almond early in the fourth quarter. But that was as close as the Hornets would get.