It was green and white for as far as the eye could see this past Friday night at Seminole Stadium.
Seminole County High School was celebrating Homecoming as well as Senior night as the football team hosted the Pelham Hornets.
Pre-game ceremonies began with a combination of the current Green Machine Marching Band and the alumni members taking the
field after the seniors and their escorts had been introduced. The band played the National Anthem and then lined up
to welcome the Indian football team as they rushed through the breakaway banner.
The Indians kicked off to the Hornets
with the Pelham team taking over half of the first quarter to drive the ball downfield before the Indian defense stood tall
denying the Hornets any points. The Indians promptly moved the ball deep into the Pelham end of the field with Barren
Rambo capping off the drive with a 4 yard touchdown run. Jeffery Croom added the PAT and the Indians were up 7-0.
The second quarter was a defensive struggle the initial 5 minutes before the 'Battering Ram' Barren Rambo burst through the
line and outran the Hornet secondary 40 yards for the second Indian TD of the contest. Once again, Croom tacked on the
PAT and the Indians enjoyed a 14-0 margin. With time dwindling down in the first half, the Indian offense once again
marched down to the Hornet goal line and Rambo punched in his 3rd TD score of the night from one yard out. The extra
point was perfect and the homestanding Indians took a 21-0 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The celebration continued
with the introduction of the homecoming representatives. It was then time for the alumni Green Machine members to take
the field on their own and show the people that they still have what it takes. This years performance was dedicated in
memory of former drum major Miss Natalie Knight, class of 1998, who recently passed. Under the field direction
of Andrea Scarborough, the former band members, ranging from the class of 1975 to 2009, marched on to the field and performed
an excellent rendition of the Auburn fanfare. During the song "Higher and Higher", Brad Burke wowed the crowd with his
trumpet solo. Feature performers Barbara Chandler (knives) and Krista Womack (flaming batons) brought the crowd to their
feet with their thrilling and dangerous routines. The band left the field to a standing ovation to the tune of "Glory
Following the intermission there was still 24 minutes of football left to be played. Both teams returned
to the field with the Indians receiving the opening kickoff. Jaquan Johnson set up the field position nicely with a
37 yard return of the kickoff. During this drive, the halfback option pass was used, this time with Samuel Buczek taking
the pitch and lobbing the ball to Murray Pearson for a 21 yard gain to midfield. From this point, Antwan Buggs and Barren
Rambo took turns punching holes into the Hornet defense with Rambo driving the final yard for the Indians final score of the
evening, his 4th of the game. The extra point drifted a tad bit to the left and the Indians were up 27-0 early in the
third quarter. As the game went into the final stanza, the Hornet offense finally scored when quarterback Caleb Morrel
tossed a 25 yard TD pass to WR Kenneth Randall. Morrel added the point after to make the score 27-7. The Hornets
were threatening in the final minutes when Nate George intercepted a Morrel pass and Buggs and the offense ran the clock out
to end the game.
The win moves the Indians into 2nd place in the region with a record of 4-3 (3-1) and the Hornets fall
to 0-7 (0-4). The Indians tallied 298 yards on the ground with Antwan Buggs leading with 133 yards and Barren Rambo
with 130 yards and 4 touchdowns. Jeffery Croom went 3 of 4 in the PAT department. Buggs and Buczek combined in
passing to go 3 of 6 for 72 total yards. They racked up 15 first downs and had 8 penalties for 45 yards.
Next up for the Indians is a trip to Lumpkin, Georgia to face the Stewart County Royal Knights in another region contest.
Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. this Friday, October 15. In other action, Mitchell County took another step towards a
region crown by defeating the Miller County Pirates 32-12, Terrell County stirred up the region standings by downing the formerly
unbeaten Randolph-Clay Red Devils 26-13, Calhoun County fell to class AA Jeff Davis 49-13 while Stewart County fell to Baconton