Seahawks suffer Homecoming loss

Published 10:33 pm Monday, September 25, 2023

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The Southside Seahawks couldn’t overcome critical mistakes at key times in a 26-0 loss to Rosewood on Homecoming.

The game and halftime festivities were supposed to happen Friday, but rain from Tropical Storm Ophelia pushed the contest back to Monday.

Rosewood (3-3) took over on their own 47 after the short opening kickoff and promptly marched into the endzone for an early 7-0 lead.

Southside couldn’t move the ball on the ensuing possession and a bad snap on the punt gave the Eagles the ball at the three yard line. One play later it was 13-0.

“We dug ourselves an early hole, but our defense kept us in the game after that,” Southside coach Jeff Carrow said. “We had our chances, but couldn’t execute at crucial times.”

The Seahawks put a promising drive together to start the second quarter, but fumbled at the Rosewood 26 yard line. However, Alex Crisp recovered a Rosewood fumble to stop a potential scoring drive.

Once again, Southside had a bad snap on a punt at their own 37, but Teddrick Minor intercepted a Rosewood pass at the 26 to keep the deficit 13-0 at halftime.

“We were still very much in the game at that point, thanks to our defense,” Carrow said. “They played tough and came up with stops when we needed them, but we couldn’t capitalize on offense.”

Rosewood blocked a Seahawk punt midway through the third quarter, but the Seahawk defense held on downs.

Quarterback Luke Bullock completed two passes to senior Nolan Dixon on the ensuing drive, but were stopped on fourth and one from the Eagles 42 early in the final quarter.

Rosewood’s final two touchdowns came after an interception return to the Southside 17 yard line and a sack on fourth down deep in Seahawks territory with 3:46 to play.”

Senior all-purpose player Tequan Moore missed the game with a bruised shoulder. Carrow said he should be back for Friday’s Coastal Plains 1A Conference opener against Pamlico County.

“We missed him and some other guys tonight, but can’t use it as an excuse,” Carrow said. “our focus is on our conference season now and there’s plenty of potential with this group to put some wins together. We have to get healthy, improve our offensive execution, clean up our special teams play and stop beating ourselves.”

Senior De’Najah Warren was crowned Homecoming Queen during halftime. Juniors I’Kiriyah Minor and Tamya Smith were voted first and second Princess.