Seahawks down Graceville to earn first win

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It took an entire season of bouncing back from crushing defeats, but the Seahawks prevailed.

Franklin County got off the schneid with grace in Graceville, as they defeated the Tigers 42-34 in Sunshine State Athletic Conference play.

The Seahawks scored three times in the third quarter, on a three-yard run by senior receiver Brayden McCall, and one-yard and three-yard touchdown runs by junior quarterback Evan Stanley, to jump out to a 21-8 lead.

In the second quarter, McCall snared a 30-yard TD to add a fourth-touchdown, and the Seahawks went into the locker room with a 28-22 lead.

A 30-yard touchdown reception by junior Wyatt Abercrombie in the third quarter, and his 20-yard grab for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, was enough to secure the season’s first win.

“We onside kicked six times and recovered three of them,” said Coach Dirk Strunk. “Our kids played hard and competed all night.  I'm very proud of them. 

“They kept fighting all season and never gave up and in the end they got a win to finish the season,” he said. “This win is a great way to head into the off-season.”

For the first time this season, Seahawks put down a robust set of stats, including 388 total yards, 231 of them in the air. Stanley hit 11 of 19 passes, including one touchdown, and three a single interception.

McCall caught five of those passes, for 133 yards and a score, while Abercrombie caught two passes for 50 yards, and the two second-half touchdowns. Sophomore Will Chipman caught an 11-yard pass and senior Larry Winchester a two-yard pass.

On the ground McCall rushed six times for 70 yards and a score, and freshman Garyson Millender three times for 37 yards. Stanley ran five times for 25 yards, twice into the end zone, and Winchester also five times for 25 yards.

On defense, Abercrombie and Winchester each had five solo tackles and five assists, and junior Parker Mock three solos and three assists.

Senior Jimmy Adair had two solos and six assists and junior Mason Moses two solos and seven assists. Stanley had one solo and one assist, Millender one solo and two assists, McCall one solo and three assists, sophomore Sheldon James one assist, senior Hunter Duval three assist and a blocked kick, sophomore Reece Juno with three assists, junior Ethan Shirley one assist and junior Kevin Sullivan two assists.

Sophomore Gideon Dively was a perfect 6 for 6 in kicking extra points, and had seven kickoffs for 96 yards, and two punts for an average of 26 yards, placing one of them inside the 20-yard line.

Strunk said after-school workouts for those who don't have weightlifting will begin Monday, with workouts on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

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