Silverdale Baptist "Grounds" Lookout Valley, 42-12, In Season Opener

After 88-Minute Delay, Seahawks Score The Game's First 30 Points

Saturday, August 24, 2013 - by Larry Fleming

When Friday’s season-opening game between Lookout Valley and Silverdale Baptist Academy finally got under way, the Seahawks came out ready to rumble.

With the game delayed 88 minutes by light rain, lightning dancing through the clouds and thunder rolling over Silverdale’s stadium, the Seahawks jumped on the Yellow Jackets for 23 first-quarter points and romped to a 42-12 non-district game before a nice crowd that stuck around for the entire game that ended at 11:10 p.m.

The Seahawks, who had lost six of the eight previous meetings against Lookout Valley, took the opening kickoff and drove 66 yards in six plays with fullback Lincoln Phillips scoring on a 26-yard run.

The trend was set.

Silverdale got a safety when Lookout Valley, forced to punt, snapped the ball out of the end zone, Phillips scored again on a 28-yard run and freshman quarterback Alex Gonzalez hit senior receiver Tristan Huggins on a 3-yard scoring strike and the Seahawks were in complete control with 5:44 left in the opening quarter.

“I’m really pleased,” Silverdale coach Al Rogers said. “Lookout Valley is an athletic team, but they had some issues with cramping. For us to score 42 points on Lookout Valley, that’s big. I always want the ball first to hit them in the mouth.

“We kept it pretty basic. I guess we showed about 10 percent of our offense and that’s what I wanted to do. But that 10 percent is our bread and butter. We kept a good rotation of backs in there.”

Friday’s point total was the Seahawks’ highest production in nine games against the Yellow Jackets. Silverdale scored 38 in the 2010 meeting of the small-school rivals and won by 30 points, snapping Lookout Valley’s five-game winning streak in the series.

With several Lookout Valley players heading to the sideline with cramps, Yellow Jackets coach Tony Webb requested a running clock with Silverdale leading 36-6 and 8:40 mark of the third quarter.

“We are cursed with the number of kids we have to play,” said Webb, entering his 10th season as the Yellow Jackets’ coach and 17th at the school. Silverdale can play a lot more kids than we can and some of our kids never come off the field.

“That’s just the way it is at Lookout Valley and we have to deal with it. We’ll cramp up some next week, but it’ll get better each week when we’re in a little better shape.”

Silverdale, showing very little of its playbook, stuck with its vaunted ground attack and that alone was more than the Yellow Jackets could handle.

Rogers, who rushed for 1,086 yards and 10 touchdowns while helping the Seahawks reach the second round of the Class 2A state playoffs in 2012, picked up Friday where he left off last season. A year ago, Rogers rushed for at least 100 yards and scored at least one touchdown in six of his last seven games.

On Friday, the speedy Rogers picked up 128 yards on nine carries and scored touchdowns on third-quarter runs of 57 and 13 yards.

“It was good that we came out on a positive note and got the win,” Rogers said. “We made a few mistakes, but they’re fixable mistakes. We’ll practice on those next week.”

Rogers was asked what he thought of his performance.

“We got the ‘W’,” he said. “That’s the main thing.”

Matt Millard added 76 yards on 11 carries and Phillips gained 73 yards on just four tries and the Seahawks, who went 10-2 last season, finished with 289 yards on 28 carries for a 10.32-yard average per play.

“When Phillips gets headed in the right direction he’s hard to bring down,” Al Rogers said. “Matt (McCulley) had a couple of nice runs, but we’ve got to get that ankle better because he was our workhorse last year.”

McCulley is battling an ankle injury and carried only two times for 16 yards against the Yellow Jackets. He led the Seahawks with 1,224 yards of offense and 14 touchdowns a year ago – Rogers had 1,191 rushing and pass receiving yards.

Silverdale had 324 yards of offense while its hard-hitting defense checked Lookout Valley on 119 yards, including 66 on the ground.

The Seahawks stretched the lead to 30-0 when Millard zipped into the end zone from 10 yards out with 8:28 left in the second quarter.

The Yellow Jackets, coming off a 5-6 record in 2012, bounced back with a 61-yard, 11-play drive that was kept alive when the Seahawks were called for a roughing-the-passer penalty on a fourth-and-six play from the Silverdale 9.

Lookout Valley’s freshman quarterback Evan Walker’s pass was incomplete on the play, but the penalty moved the ball to the 4.

On the next play, Jaylen Wynn scored the Yellow Jackets’ first touchdown. Wynn led Lookout Valley’s ground game with 34 yards on 20 carries.

“They jumped on us early, but I was kind of proud of that second-quarter drive,” Webb said. “That was a good one.”

Walker scored Lookout Valley’s second touchdown on a 3-yard run late in the fourth quarter.

“I told our kids that two years ago (Silverdale) came to our place and they were young and we were old,” Webb said. “We’re pups right now and that’s the nature of single-A football. We have a freshman quarterback and we have young backs who have been around, but haven’t played a ton.

“That’s a good team over there. When you’re young and playing an older, more experienced football team, this can happen.”

 

Lookout Valley                     0   6  0  6 — 12

 

Silverdale Baptist                  23 7 12 0 — 42

 

First Quarter

 

SB – Lincoln Phillips 26 run (Connor Eischeid kick), 9:39

SB – Safety, ball snapped out of end zone, 7:53

SB – Phillips 28 run (Eischeid kick), 7:07

SB – Tristan Huggins 3 pass from Alex Gonzalez (Eischeid kick), 5:44

 

Second Quarter

 

SB – Matt Millard 10 run (Eischeid kick), 8:28

LV – Jaylen Wynn 4 run (pass failed), 2:28

 

Third Quarter

 

SB – Josh Rogers 57 run (kick failed), 8:57

SB – Rogers 13 run (kick blocked), 1:20

 

Fourth Quarter

 

LV — Evan Walker 3 run (run failed), 4:44

 

YARDSTICK

LV                    SB

First Downs                             9                      14

Rushes-Yards                         35-66              28-289

Passing Yards                         53                    35

Total Yards                             119                  324

Com.-Att.-Int.                          5-7-1                3-5-1

Fumbles-Lost                          3-3                   0-0

Punts.-Avg.                             2-27.5              1-34

Penalties-Yds.                         3-20                 5-45

 

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

 

RUSHING — Lookout Valley: Jaylen Wynn 20-34, Evan Walker 4-19, Javonte Epps 5-17, Sean Kirk 4-8, Team 2-minus 12; Silverdale Baptist: Josh Rogers 9-128, Matt Millard 11-76, Lincoln Phillips 4-73, Matt McCulley 2-16, Chance Brown 1-6, Tanner Webb 1-minus 10.

 

PASSING — Lookout Valley: Evan Walker 5-7-53-1; Silverdale Baptist: Alex Gonzalez 2-4-22-1, Nathan Keylon 1-2-13-0.

 

RECEIVING — Lookout Valley: Ramone Williams 2-42, Pascual Aranda 1-12, Adrian McGhee 1-0, Jaylen Wynn 1-minus 1; Silverdale Baptist: Colton Rogers 2-32, Tristan Huggins 1-3.

(E-mail Larry Fleming at larryfleming44@gmail.com)


Covenant Tennis Wins 7-2 Over Piedmont

Less than a week ago, the Covenant men's tennis team suffered a tough 5-4 loss to Piedmont at home. On Tuesday afternoon in Demorest, the Scots avenged that loss in a big way as Covenant took three close victories in doubles play and then stormed to a 7-2 victory over Piedmont at the Burgen Tennis Courts. The win gives Covenant sole possession of first place in the USA South ... (click for more)

PHOTOS: Red Bank Softball Team Wins Over Hixson

Finley Stadium Board Members Step In After Paul Smith, Staff Depart

Members of the board of directors of the Finley Stadium Corporation have been filling in and dividing tasks related to running the facility since Paul Smith, past executive director, and his staff resigned at the end of February. Mr. Smith has been credited for the financial turn-around of Finley Stadium, which at one time had to be subsidized by the city of Chattanooga and Hamilton ... (click for more)

Man Seriously Injured in Apartment Fire On Hickory Valley Road

A Chattanooga man was seriously injured in an apartment fire Tuesday  night . The Chattanooga Fire Department received the alarm around  7:15 p.m.  and responded to Evergreen Apartments at 1507 Hickory Valley Road with six fire companies. Captain Terri Roshell with Quint 8 said light smoke was showing from the two-story apartment building when her fire ... (click for more)

Slaxxon Regret - And Response

Back in the seventies my three oldest brothers had a buddy named Steve Slack. “Slack” was a star soccer player at Baylor and he grew up on Lookout Mountain, which is where I grew up. He and Jimmy, Henry and Bill went to the University of Virginia where they were roommates in an old, beat up house that was painted pink. Naturally, the place became known as the “Pink Palace” but lest ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: OK, Sis, Off You Go

I’ve got to do something to adjust my sense of humor but fear there is not a big enough wrench. Rasmea Yousef Odeh, who is a naturalized American citizen from Jordan, was one of the principal figures in January’s Women’s March on Washington and had an equal starring role in the most recent “Day Without Women” protests in America. I’m all for equal rights for women yet I was appalled ... (click for more)