The North Bay Haven Buccaneers scored early and often Friday as they downed the Franklin County Seahawks 35-7 at the Mikel Clark Complex.
After an interception with 5:30 left in the first quarter, the Bucs scored two plays later from 8 yards out.
Sophomore Ta’Marion Carr averaged 24 yards per kickoff return, but the offense was not enough to penetrate into Buc territory. In the second quarter North Bay Haven scored again from 3 yards out and with 10:53 left in the third, put a third score on the board, for a 21-0 lead.
An interception led to a fourth score minutes later, and the two-point conversion failed, and the Bucs led 29-0.
With about 11 minutes left in the game, a 1-yard TD pass got the running clock started, as the Bucs led 35-0.
A long pass from senior Evan Stanley to junior Ethan Kembro in the fourth quarter helped set up the Seahaws’ only score, by Carr, with 5 minutes left to play. Senior Luis Ramirez nailed the extra point.
The Seahawks got a scare when sophomore Garyson Millender was taken off the field and transported to Weems Memorial Hospital.
“Garyson is doing fine and will be able to play this weekend,” said coach Dirk Strunk.
The Seahawk stats showed Stanley completed 4 of 16 passes, for 106 yards and 3 interceptions. Kembro caught all four passes.
Carr led the team with 12 rushes for 42 yards and one touchdown. Stanley rushed six times for 15 yards, while Millender had three carries for five yards. Junior Brayden McCall carried the ball one for one yards.
Junior Lonnie O’Neal and sophomore Michael Hill led the team in tackles with eight, followed by Carr, Millender, and freshman Eric Smith seven, and senior Kevin Sullivan with six.
“We have a lot of work to do. We made far too many mental mistakes versus North Bay Haven,” said coach Dirk Strunk. “We will learn from our mistakes and move on.”
The Seahawks travel to Vernon Friday for a non-district game.