TRINITY — For the first time in five games, someone scored on the Sunlake defense. It wasn't nearly enough, however, as the Seahawks dismantled the Mustangs (5-3, 3-2) through the air and on the ground 45-7 Friday.
"We missed a couple tackles that should have been made, but you've got to give them credit too, they fought and scrapped the whole game," Sunlake coach Bill Browning said.
The Seahawks (7-0, 5-0) started off with slippery hands, dropping four balls in the first half. Only one, however, resulted in a turnover.
"It seemed like we started out a little tight, but once we got that one big play downfield we settled down," Browning said.
The fumbles came on running plays that were being stymied by the Mitchell defense.
"They gave us a little bit different look in the first half than we anticipated," Browning said. "As a result they tried to stop the run and we had a few big pass plays."
All three first-half Sunlake touchdowns were pass plays of 25 yards or more. Jacob Jackson hooked up with Jamal Jones twice for scores — once for 54 yards and once for 41. Rashaud Daniels was also on the receiving end of a 27-yard score in the closing minutes of the second quarter.
Jackson finished 10-of-15 for 198 yards and three passing touchdowns. He added another 108 yards on 15 carries.
The Seahawks re-established the running game in the second half, scoring all of their third- and fourth-quarter points on the ground. Besides Jackson, Daniels, Paul Scott and Jerome Samuels rushed for scores of 1, 3 and 27 yards, respectively.