Silverdale coach Al Rogers admitted that he had been scared all week when thinking about Friday night football opponent Lookout Valley.
He knew just how quickly the Yellow Jackets could score and he was worried that his team might have trouble containing their District 6-A opponent, who featured several outstanding individuals with impressive offensive numbers.
Rest easy, coach. The Seahawks defense has your back.
Taking advantage of six turnovers, including three interceptions and three fumbles, the Seahawks scored a field goal in the first quarter and touchdowns in each of the final three stanzas to post the 24-0 shutout.
"This is a chance for these kids to give God all the glory because He's the reason we were able to do what we did tonight," Rogers said afterward.
"Our defense played their best game ever as coach Tim Couch had those guys ready to play. To be able to shutout a team like Lookout Valley is just unbelievable. That number 25 (Jamal Jones) is a great player. We kept him hemmed up most of the night and didn't let him break any long runs.
"We created a lot of opportunities with our defense, but it was a total team effort across the board. It was quite possibly the last time for our seniors to play on this field and we wanted them to create a positive memory. But our line blocked well, our backs ran the ball hard and our defenders played like bulldogs," Rogers concluded.
The Seahawks took the opening kickoff and marched 63 yards in a dozen plays, but had to settle for a 28-yard field goal by Reid Clements for a 3-0 lead with 6:05 remaining in the opening quarter.
Spencer Mossburg got the first pick for the Seahawks at the Silverdale 4 and Kendall Shoemake recovered a Lookout Valley fumble on the Yellow Jackets next possession, but neither or those turnovers created any points.
The third time was the charm late in the second quarter.
Lookout Valley quarterback Vann Scribner was sacked by Lincoln Phillips and fumbled. Colton Rogers recovered at the Lookout Valley 16.
It took two plays to cover those 16 yards with Josh Rogers getting half on the first run and Phillips the rest on the second run as the lead increased to 10-0 with 3:10 remaining before intermission.
Another bobble by Scribner was covered by Phillips at the Lookout Valley 35 to start the second half. Seven plays later, McCulley bulled into the end zone from the 4 and the difference was 17-0 with 6:43 remaining in the third quarter.
Lookout Valley had its longest drive of the game to start the fourth quarter as the Yellow Jackets marched from their own 37 down to the Silverdale 2. The drive included 22 plays and almost seven minutes, but the Seahawk defense once again stood tall when Phillips stuffed Morgan Sexton for a three-yard loss on fourth-and-goal from the 2.
Silverdale then moved 95 yards in seven plays to score its final touchdown with 1:48 to play.
Mossburg found an open Tristan Huggins in the right corner of the end zone for a TD pass from the 9, but it was a 60-yard run by Josh Rogers that proved to be the biggest play of the drive.
Lookout Valley coach Tony Webb was quick to admit that losing a half-dozen turnovers is never a good thing in any football game.
"It just wasn't our day. I thought we got better defensively as the game went along, but all of those turnovers really put us in a bind.
"Silverdale is really big up front and we knew that might be a problem, but they're 8-1 for a reason. It all boils down to controlling the line of scrimmage and we weren't able to do that. But you tell me before the game that they only score 24 points and I really like our chances," Webb added.
The Seahawks finished with 289 total yards, including 279 on the ground and just 10 through the air.
Josh Rogers was the leading rusher with 146 yards on 11 carries, including the big 60 yarder that put the final nail in Lookout Valley's coffin.
Phillips was next with 65 yards on seven attempts while McCulley had 38 yards on 14 trips and Mossburg 30 yards on four attempts.
Mossburg only threw six passes and completed two, both to Huggins.
Lookout Valley countered with 246 total yards, including 176 on the ground and 70 through the air.
Jones entered Friday's game having already surpassed 1,000 yards for the season with an average of 147 yards per game. He finished with 115 yards on 19 carries, including 79 yards on 14 trips in the first half.
Toney Summerow was the leading receiver with three catches for 28 yards while William Long had four grabs for 25 yards.
While Mossburg had the first interception for the Seahawks, Josh Rogers had the other two and now has six for the season.
Shoemake had the first fumble recovery while Colton Rogers and Phillips each had one.
Lookout Valley's Scribner had only one interception in the first eight games.
The Yellow Jackets finished the evening with 18 first downs while Silverdale had 13.
Lookout Valley, now 5-4, will be at home next week to host Copper Basin while Silverdale, now 8-1 and winners of six straight, will be off next week before playing its final regular-season game at Grace on Oct. 26.
LOOKOUT VALLEY 0 0 0 0 -- 0
SILVERDALE 3 7 7 7 -- 24
SIL -- Reid Clements 28 field goal, 6:05 left in first;
SIL -- Lincoln Phillips 8 run (Clements kick), 3:10 left in second;
SIL -- Matt McCulley 4 run (Clements kick), 6:43 left in third;
SIL -- Tristan Huggins 9 pass from Spencer Mossburg (Clements kick), 1:48 left in fourth.
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