If the old saying "defense wins championships" is true, Seminary certainly knows after tonight it can pave the way to get to said championship. They forced a balanced Sumrall team from getting to the endzone, shutting them out for a 20-0 victory.
In the second half of play, the Sumrall Bobcats mustered zero first downs, while only holding the ball for four minutes and forty-one seconds. Overall, the Bulldog defense forced four turnovers on the night (three fumbles, one interception), recorded a safety, and forced the Bobcats to punt four times.
Head coach Brian Riles was thrilled with the way his defensive unit played, even though he had to motivate his team during the halftime break.
"We challenged the team at halftime. Sumrall is a good football team. They are gritty and played hard all night. We just felt like we were better than what we showed in the first half. I'm proud of the defense. They played good all night. They stepped up, even though we know that we all have to keep improving. We will take this one and get ready for next week."
Meanwhile, the Bulldog offense did what needed to be done offensively, as Jordan Barrett had a 17-yard touchdown in the first half, while Jabori Potts scored on an 11-yard run in the third quarter and a one-yard quarterback sneak in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter.
"Our quarterback [Potts] is getting better every game. He's stepping up making good runs and throws. Jordan Barrett is our guy. He understands though to give the offensive line praise for what they do, and knows it is a team effort," said Rials.
After a Seminary turnover early in the first quarter, Sumrall looked to capitalize. However, the Bobcats fumbled on the ensuing possession and it was recovered by Zach Fortenberry. That seemed to set the tone of the night for both teams.
Player of the Game:
Jabori Potts made the throws and runs needed at some of the most crucial points for the Seminary offense. His two rushing scores and control of the offense gave the Bulldog defense enough time to rest and stay composed.
Quote of the Night:
"It was sloppy, but you'll have some of them. It has been a hot week. I'm proud of my guys and we found a way to win." - Seminary head coach Brian Rials
Sumrall held the ball for a total of 15 minutes and 10 seconds on the night.
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