Special to the Times
Even with back-to-back Region 1A championships on their resume, Seminole County had never beaten Clinch County– until Friday.
On a hot and humid Friday the 13th night in Donalsonville the Indians hit the field with a mission to — to keep their hopes alive for another Region 1A championship, a trip to the GA Dome and to defeat the Panthers for the first time — they did all of the above in a 21-14 victory.
The first half was a defensive struggle and no team even approached the goal line for most of the first half. The Indians dove the ball over the goal line late in the second quarter to lead 7-0 a halftime.
In the third quarter Seminole County added another touchdown and extended their lead to 14-0.
Clinch County finally got their offense moving forward and scored late in the third. They went for two and narrowed the gap to 14-8.
In the fourth quarter, as momentum seemed to be shifting in favor of the Panthers, the Indians’ Robert Speights took the ball around the right side of the Panthers’ line and raced 60 plus yards for a score. Seminole County led 21-8.
The Panthers added a late touchdown, but in the end this night belonged to a bunch of inspired Indians on a three-peat Region 1A championship mission.
Final score, Indians 21, Panthers 14.