A rain delay forced the Seminole-Dixie Hollins game to begin an hour late. When it did, it seemed the Rebels were still in the locker room.
Seminole junior running back Teddy Willis jaunted for a 76-yard touchdown run on the first play.
Then the Warhawks took advantage of two early Rebels miscues. After a fumble on their second offensive play of the game, the Rebels saw Warhawks' tailback Brandon Trezza score from 10 yards out. Following a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, the Rebels (0-2) suddenly trailed 19-0 after Seminole (1-1) quarterback Trevor Sand (4-for-6, 87 yards) connected with fullback Aaron Naquin on a screen pass that Naquin turned into a 40-yard score. "We wanted to come out and play solid, balanced football and spread the ball around," said Willis, who had 109 yards on 18 carries.
, Times correspondent
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COUNTRYSIDE 38, GIBBS 6
CLEARWATER - The Cougars opened with a nine-play, 57-yard drive, ending with the first of three first-quarter rushing touchdowns by senior Alton Taylor. So went the night for the Gladiators.
The Cougars defense established itself early, allowing just 18 total yards in the first quarter, while senior quarterback Jimbo Chmelik completed all four passing attempts for 46 yards.
Gibbs showed some life in the second quarter when quarterback Josh Rembert connected with fellow senior Jarvis West for a 13-yard score, but after halftime, the Cougars defense took over.
Senior defensive back Todd Shorter picked off Rembert's first two passing attempts of the second half, giving him three for the night. Taylor scored his fourth touchdown from 4 yards out and senior Brenton Conley added a 10-yard touchdown run in the third.
Paul Mueller, Times correspondent