Seahawks secure state title with an assist from fans

Published: Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 05:40 PM.

Others left Monday, to catch the semis on Tuesday with the Villages. The pep band, which supported the Seahawks all season, went down Monday and were there to cheer on the Hawks. South Walton whipped The Villages 54-30.

Knowing at that point that the Seahawks had a 50/50 chance of bringing home the state title, arrangements were made to take a pep bus. Students were told that the first 100 to show up would have a seat on the bus.

For students Jacob Parker and Wesley Miller, who call themselves "No. 1 fans," they weren't going to take any chances on missing that ride.

"We got here at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday," Parker said.

"We weren't going to get left," Miller added. "I bleed green and grey."

The two camped out in the parking lot and finally fell asleep in Miller's Bronco about 2:30 a.m., just to be awakened by buddy Matt Winkler at 3 a.m.

Others showed up at 4 a.m., such as Spencer Molenda and Rachel White. But when the clock struck 5 a.m., the scheduled time to leave, 36 loaded onto the bus along with four adults and this Sun reporter — all headed to Lakeland.

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