2012-11-07 / School & Sports

Pirates fall to Indians, 20-0

by Glenda Bailey, Sports Writer

Indians getting ready for another pass Indians getting ready for another pass Well, everyone knew it was going to be the biggest Single A high school game of the 2012 football season. Anytime, Miller County and Seminole County come together on a field, it is going to be nerve-racking, nailbiting, and probably a little betting going on about who will hold the bragging rights for another year. Well, it is Seminole County again, and it is hard to say that the Indians have won the last three years over the Pirates. Prior to game time last Friday night, the Pirates had won seven games in a row.

Pirate Captains were Marvin Grant, Brandon Benton, Jakell Roseborough, and David Sisson; and for the Indians: Shavon Wiggins, Dylan Savage, and Alex Koonce. On either side up in the bleachers, not a soul was sitting down, all Indian and Pirate fans were on their feet ready for the “BORDER WAR" to begin.

The Pirates had all the experience going into the game, but what happened? First and foremost, the officials did not help the game. Every time our boys went to make a play, yellow flags popped out everywhere on the field. Five yards, 10 yards, and yes- -- even 15 yard penalties were detrimental to our boys. Miller County's Black Death Defense led by Jackson Fleet, Marvin Grant, David Sisson, Jakell Roseborough, Richard Sheffield, Quantavious Thomas, and Alex Anderson held the Indians in the first half with a lone touchdown scored by SC's #5 Jakhari Martin. Our Pirates snuffed their point attempt, but the Indians were on the scoreboard 0-6.

In the second half, SC's #68 broke through the Pirates' den to add another touchdown. Pirate defender, David Sisson sacked SC's #5 QB for loss of two extra points. Seminole led 0-12. This is something that is not quite explainable! Miller County had control; Marvin Grant broke to the right of the field (no flags were popping out at the time). Grant was picking up speed; then all of a sudden a bright yellow flag popped out way back around the 30 yard line. No one was even back there! So what was the flag for? This pushed the Pirates way back! With Pirates deep in Indians' territory, a bad snap of the pig caused it to roll back in the end zone giving the Indians a "Safety," and a score of 0-14. Time was ticking away as the Indians scored another touchdown with the two point conversion being broken up by our Pirates. The final score ended MC-0, SC-20.

Miller County's quarterback Algin Merritt completed three out of 20 passes to wide receiver Jacolby Jones in the first half. Jones ran hard for 40 yards down the sideline before being brought down at the Indians' two yard line. During the second quarter, Jones also ran twice on 44 yard runs but was unable to score. Miller County #5 T.J. Means led the Pirates in rushing with 25 yards on five carries while Jacolby finished with 128 yards receiving. Miller County ran the pig 26 times with eight of those rushes going for negative yards.

The Pirates will not be playing this Friday night, November 9, but will resume their playoffs on November 16. Time and place will be announced at a later time. Seminole will be facing Mitchell County which is 4-1 in the Region on November 9.

Miller County Pirates, you have played well this season, and all the Pirate fans are proud of each and every one of you. Hold your head up high and walk with Pirate Pride!

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