SEMINOLE — Senior night could not have gone much better for Seminole’s Ra’Quanne Dickens.
The running back rushed for three touchdowns and 100 yards en route to breaking the school’s single-season rushing record in a win for the Warhawks over Clearwater.
“It’s very special and just felt great,” said Dickens, who has surpassed 1,450 yards this season and earned a game ball.
Warhawks coach Chris Miller called Dickens one of the best players he has coached.
“He’s one of those guys that does things you can’t coach,” Miller said. “He’s elusive, he’s physical, he runs hard and is everything you want in a halfback, and a big part of that goes to our offensive line.”
From the outset, the winless Tornadoes seemed to be in a hole. After Clearwater allowed a 4-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Dever to Mathew Woncisk on a long Warhawks drive to start the game, Tornadoes quarterback Garrisin Bryant was picked.
And later when Clearwater made a stop, the Tornadoes fumbled on a punt return to give the Warhawks the ball inside the 30. That set up Dickens’ first score to make it 13-0.
The lopsided production continued from that point as Seminole added two more scores in the second quarter. When Clearwater got its offense jumpstarted at the start of the third on a 26-yard touchdown run from DeFranco Rutledge, Dickens answered with a 14-yard dash that found paydirt.
“We felt like we had to come out early and jump on them and we did,” Miller said.