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Miller @ Seminole October 16, 2009

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Indians look to week off to regroup
 
The family fued lived up to all the hype.  The captains met a midfield for the coin toss and the Pirates received the opening kickoff to set it off.  The Indian defense bowed up from the go forcing a Pirate punt.  The tone was set early with packed stands on both sides of the field cheering for their boys.  The Indians moved the ball into the Miller County end and while the vaunted Pirate defense chased Owen Parks in the backfield, Parks found Chris Brown.  Brown then headed for the corner of the end zone, diving in for the first score of the contest.  The snap on the PAT attempt was errant and the score stood at 6-0 Indians.  The Pirate offense continued to struggle to find their groove and kicked the ball back to the Indians.  One play turned the tide and energized the visiting team as Juwan Jones snagged a fumble and set the Pirates up deep in Indian territory.  Miller County quarterback Caleb Cunningham fired a strike to wide out Cosby Salter from 16 yards out knotting up the score at 6 each.  A failed PAT for the Pirates left the score tied.  The first quarter came to a close with the Indians punting the ball back to the Pirates.  The second quarter was all defense and turnovers.  The first 3 possessions resulted in two Miller County fumbles along with a Seminole drop.  Neither team could muster any significant offense gains and traded punts to bring the half to a close deadlocked at 6-6.
The Miller County Pirate Pride Marching Band then took to the field providing a very entertaining halftime show.  Although small in numbers, the Pirate Pride gave a marching display to the delight of onlookers on both sides of the field.  The pride of Seminole County, the SCHS Green Machine Marching Band then took the field and wowed the crowd in their exciting tribute to 80's music including a new tune added to the show.  The Green Machine left the field to yet another standing ovation from the appreciative spectators.
The second half opened and it was back to business.  The Indians began their first drive gaining 18 yards before Adrian Hayes picked off the Antwan Buggs pass attempt.  The Indian defense held the Pirates to 3 yards and the Miller County punt team was back on the field.  The Seminole offense went back to work this time it was Shawndre Sheffield who snatched an errant pass from the air scooting down the sidelines for a Miller County touchdown.  Josh Broxton added the extra point and the Pirates held their first lead of the evening, 13-6.  The Indian offense seemed to shrug off the pick six and marched 43 yards downfield before the Miller defense stifled their drive forcing a turnover on downs.  Miller County played clock control ball using up a third of the play clock in the final quarter before being forced to punt.  With 8:20 left in the contest, the Indians set up their drive in an attempt to draw even with the visiting Pirates.  Once again they moved the ball downfield putting together a 9 play 43 yard drive before turning the ball over on downs with under 4 minutes left in regulation.  The Pirates put the nail in the coffin when Cunningham found Juwan Jones in the corner of the end zone to put the Pirates up for good at 19-6 after the failed PAT attempt.  Time ran out for the Indians and they collected their 2nd loss of the season.
The Indian offense outgained the Pirates 205-180 total yards.  The edge on rushing went to the Pirates by a narrow margin of 149-147 with the Indians out passing the visitors 58-32.  The difference in the outcome resulted in Miller County winning the turnover battle coming out +2 with each resulting in a score.  The win raises the Pirate record to 6-1 (2-0) while the Indians fall to 6-2 (2-1) and puts more emphasis on the Indians final matchup with the Randolph-Clay Red Devils in Cuthbert on October 30, 2009.  The Red Devils defeated the Terrell County Greenwave 14-6 to give them a perfect 2-0 region record with the Pirates and Indians next on their schedule.  The Indians have this week off giving them a full two weeks to prepare for this all-important region game.  In other region games, the Clinch County Panthers overran the Atkinson County Rebels 63-12 while the surprising Pelham Hornets upped their sub-region record to a perfect 2-0 in downing the Lanier County Bulldogs 21-0.