SALINEVILLE The Indians scalped the Trojans.
The Southern Local football team scored in double digits in all four quarters en route to a 59-7 victory over Sebring on Homecoming Friday night at Wigwam Stadium.
With the win, the Indians improve to 3-1 on the season. With the loss, the Trojans drop to 0-4.
Southern's Luke Griffith throws a pass against Sebring on Friday. (Photo by J.T. Higgins)
Southern scored 34 points in the first half. The Indians' offense accounted four of the five touchdowns. Nevertheless, Southern head coach Mike Skrinjar said his team's offense didn't execute as well as he would have liked in the first 24 minutes of play.
"In the first half, our offense played well, but we didn't execute the way our offensive coordinator and offensive coaches wanted us to.
"Our coaches made some adjustments. Our offensive line coach made some adjustments. We didn't execute well.
"In the second half, we came out, and the players did what the coaches said. We performed better in the second half. We have high expectations for our offense. We need to get better."
Southern scored the first 17 points of the second half to build a 51-0 advantage before Sebring finally got on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter.
"They are a solid team," second-year Sebring head coach Scott Springer said. "They are big. They are strong. They are fast. They are well coached. The run what they run well.
"Our lack of experience showed. We made mistakes, and we didn't recover."
The Indians got off to a fast start as Jared Shilot returned the opening kickoff 78 yards for a touchdown. The extra point was no good, and the Indians led 6-0 with 11:46 left to play in the first quarter.
Southern added to its lead when J.J. Napierkowski hauled in a 15-yard pass from Luke Griffith. Steven Treadway's extra point made the score 13-0 with 4:08 left to play in the quarter.
The Indians scored three touchdowns in the second stanza to build a 34-0 lead.
The first touchdown came on a 31-yard by Mike McKenzie. Treadway converted the PAT increasing the Indians lead to 20-0 with 11:24 left to play in the second quarter.
The second score came on an 8-yard pass from Griffith to Napierkowski. Treadway booted the extra point to make it 27-0 with 6:10 left to play before halftime.
The final score of the stanza came on a 27-yard pass from Griffith to Dylan Ketcuhm Treadway's conversion put the hosts up 34-0 with 2:33 remaining on the clock before halftime.
It was more of the same in the second half.
In the third quarter, Shilot hauled in a 68-yard scoring strike from Griffith. Treadway's PAT made it 41-0 with 4:57 left to play in the quarter.
Later, McKenzie rumbled into the end zone from 10 yards out. Treadway's extra point sailed through the uprights making the score 48-0.
In the fourth, Treadway drilled a 27-yard field goal to put the Indians up 51-0 with 8:39 remaining to be played in the game.
The Trojans got on the scoreboard on a 5-yard run by Dylan Holmes. Zack Jackson converted the PAT making the score 51-7 with 4:25 left to play in the game.
Despite the large deficit, Sebring continued to battle until the end.
"Our kids better never quit on us," Springer said. "They are not going to quit. They played hard."
Southern capped the scoring on a 3-yard run by Laughlin Cole. Treadway's kick capped the score with 34.7 seconds showing on the clock.
"Defensively, we got to the ball," Skrinjar said. "We played with a lot of enthusiasm. We were focused.
"It was a great reminder for our kids on how we play. Last week, Crestview took it to us. Tonight, we were able to re-establish some things on defense. I have coached defense out here for six years, and we don't play defense like that.
"We are going to strive to get better. It is a long season."
Griffith finished the game with 281 yards through the air on 16-of-24 attempts. Griffith threw four touchdowns while being intercepted once. Griffith is now Southern's all-time passing leader.
Shilot tallied four receptions for 123 yards and a touchdown, Napierkowski produced seven catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns and Ketchum collected two catches for 33 yards and a touchdown.
On the ground, McKenzie ran for 123 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries.
Zach Wagner led the way on the ground for the Trojans with 60 yards. Holmes finished with 27 yards and a touchdown.
Josh Huford was 3-for-8 through the air for 15 yards.
Jackson led the team with one catch for 15 yards.
Southern plays Friday night at McDonald, while Sebring plays at home against Columbiana.
"Overall, I liked how well we played," Skrinjar said. "It was bounce back game. That's football. There is a winner and loser in every game.
"We are still playing the game. We know we took one on the chin last week. There is a winner and a loser in every game. It was nice to bounce back.
"We still have goals we want to accomplish. We still have goals in the lower tier. We have the goal of wanting to get back to the playoffs.
"I am very proud of my team. They represented themselves well on Homecoming."