South Walton wins the battle at Freeport

Sage Roberts

South Walton's Sage Roberts tries to move the ball against the Freeport Bulldogs.

Published: Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 01:23 AM.

FREEPORT -- It was a dogfight to the end, but the South Walton Seahawks finished the victor, 35-21, for the first-time ever in the county-rival match with the Freeport Bulldogs in varsity football action.

"It was just perseverance," said a smiling South Walton Coach Phil Tisa as he had just dodged a water cooler of ice. "We just kept fighting. We had some turnovers … but we just kept playing."

Both teams were almost even when looking at the statistics. South Walton had 167 yards rushing and 212 through the air, while Freeport rushed for 163 yards and threw for 223 yards.

But when it was all said and done, turnovers were the difference in the game.

South Walton pulled down three interceptions and recovered two fumbles, while the Bulldogs grabbed one interception and recovered two fumbles.

On the opening kickoff, Freeport muffed the ball and South Walton's Austin Garofalo recovered it on the 37-yard line. Harrison Schaffer, who rushed seven times for 68 yards on the night, scored on the first play from scrimmage for a 37-yard run. Garofalo kicked in the point after and South Walton was up 7-0 just 20 seconds into the game.

The Seahawks scored again on their next possession with Zach Reese capping off a 10-play drive with a 21-yard run for the score. The kick after was good and it looked as if South Walton would run away with the game. Reese rushed 14 times for 64 yards on the night.

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