DUNEDIN — Seminole used a bruising ground game and an opportunistic defense to shut out Dunedin.
The Warhawks (1-1) were without star running back Ra'Quanne Dickens for most of the evening. The senior, who scored on a 7-yard run in the first quarter, went down in the second with an apparent sprained ankle.
Enter Travis Wateska.
The sophomore linebacker turned running back broke the game open with a 47-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter to put Seminole up 17-0. Wateska finished with 171 yards on 17 carries.
Seminole coach Chris Miller was confident in his team's ability to run, even with Dickens out.
"He (Wateska) did an outstanding job," Miller said. "It really started up front for us. From left tackle to right tackle, those guys were outstanding as well."
The Warhawks held Dunedin (1-1) to 39 rushing yards and picked off Givanni Gonzalez four times.
Rick Cantor, Times correspondent