Seahawks storm past Tigers

Published 11:20 pm Monday, August 27, 2012

Southside running back Rokeem Miller (left) runs for a 67-yard TD during the Seahawks’ 42-0 win over Creswell on Monday at Southside High School. (WDN Photo/Brian Haines)

CHOCOWINITY – On Friday heavy rain postponed Southside’s football game to Monday, but the real storm took place in the first quarter of the Seahawks’ clash with Creswell where they jumped all over the Tigers en route to a 42-0 victory.
On a muddy, rain-soaked field Southside looked as if it was playing on turf as Rokeem Miller dashed for a 67-yard TD run on the Seahawks second snap of the game.
Southside (1-1, Four Rivers) would add three more scores before the start of the second quarter and finished the game rushing for 218 yards and five TDs on only 22 carries.
“I told each (running back) they would get about two or three carries, make the best of them,” Southside coach DeWayne Kellum said. “The field’s wet and the type offense we run isn’t always good (in the mud) but they showed up and our line did about 10 times a better job (than last week).”
The Seahawks’ backs responded to Kellum’s challenge as Donshae Miller scored from seven yards out, Johnnie Pender tallied TD runs of five and 25 yards, while Andrew Jones capped off the scoring with a 12-yard TD run in the second quarter.
The Seahawks’ defense, led by Cedric McCabe who had two sacks, looked just as sharp as their offense as the unit limited the Tigers (0-2, Tideland) to 30 rushing yards on 13 carries while intercepting two passes and recovering two fumbles.
“The defense was 10 times better tonight,” Kellum said. “That’s what we expect out of them. We’ve come a long way. It was a step in the right direction.”
After Miller’s 67-yard dash down the right sideline put the team up 8-0, the Seahawks struck on the other side of the ball as Cole Kellum picked off a pass and returned it 27 yards for a touchdown to take a 15-0 lead with 6:32 left in the first quarter.
On the following possession, Southside forced and recovered a fumble at the Tigers’ 35-yard line and two plays later Pender rumbled into the end zone from five yards out to go up 29-0.
Pender would score again at the 11:12 mark in the second quarter on a 25-yard run, while Jones accounted for the final TD of the game when he rumbled into the end zone from 12 yards away to take a 42-0 lead.
The teams played with a running clock in the second half, which led to a scoreless third quarter. Both teams decided to stop the game at the 8:17 mark in the fourth quarter after a Creswell played was injured and taken off the field in a stretcher.
The Seahawks will be back in action on Friday when they play at Pamlico in the Fossil Bowl.

Creswell    0    0    0    0    —    0
Southside    29    13    0    0    —    42

                        Creswell            Southside
First downs        4                5
Rushes-yards      13-30         22-218
Comp-att-int        0-2-1        0-0
Passing yards        0            0
Fumbles-lost        5-2            2-1
Penalties-yards    2-10            2-15
Punts                     1-20            0

Scoring summary
SS — Rokeem Miller 67 run (Miller two points), 9:13, 1st.
SS — Donshae Miller 7 run (Kyle White kick), 6:32, 1st.
SS — Cole Kellum 27 interception (White kick), 4:59, 1st.
SS — Johnnie Pender 5 run (White kick), 3:48, 1st.
SS — Pender 25 run (White kick), 11:12, 2nd.
SS — Jones 12 run (White kick failed), 5:09, 2nd.