SANTA ROSA BEACH -- The South Walton Seahawks put up another 500-yard plus game Friday night, whipping the Cottondale Hornets 54-26 for a sweet homecoming victory.
"I think we built on the momentum from last week," said South Walton Coach Phil Tisa. "We saw last week that we can play with good teams and I think we carried that into this week."
Last week the Seahawks beat district opponent Chipley 45-38.
"Cottondale is a good ball team, they've got some great athletes … but to come out and put up 54 points I couldn't be happier," Tisa said as he walked off the field.
But the difference in the game was "tempo and execution," Tisa said.
South Walton put the ball in a lot of different player’s hands and tallied up more than 528 total yards of offense.
"That's what we want to do, it makes it hard when you've got to defend everybody on the team," he said.
Seahawk junior quarterback Jonathon Ortner had another stellar night completing 28 of 40 passes for 316 yards and five touchdowns. Sage Roberts had eight catches, two for touchdowns, a 24 and a 17 yarder. Vinnie Ciurleo had four receptions, one for a 24-yard score. Nick Harris had two catches, one a 48-yard strike for the score. Alex Smith had six catches, including a 9-yard TD reception.
The Seahawks also got the job done on the ground with 212 yards rushing. Zach Reese was the top Hawk with 129 yards in 15 carries. Harrison Schaffer rushed six times for 19 yards and one touchdown, while Chandler Parrett rushed four times for 20 yards and a 17-yard TD. Roberts had two carries for 35 yards.
Not only did the offense score, but the defense as well.
Right before the half, South Walton's Carter Edwards picked off a Cottondale pass and ran it back down the left sideline, 95 yards for the score. Earlier, Harrison Schaffer recovered a fumble for the Seahawks.
"The defense did good," Tisa said. "We had a couple of breakdowns, but other than that I thought they played hard and hit people."
As a matter of fact, the Seahawk defense didn't allow a first down until the second quarter.
To start, South Walton got the ball first and scored in eight plays with Ortner connecting with Roberts on a 24-yard TD strike. The extra point attempt failed.
On the kickoff, the Hornets bobbled the ball and Schaffer recovered it for the Hawks on the 38-yard line. However, South Walton didn't score again until late in the first quarter on an Ortner to Ciurleo connection. Austin Garofalo kicked in the point after for a 12-0 lead.
South Walton scored again on a 48-yard strike to Harris before the Hornets would ever get on the board.
In the second quarter, Cottondale scored on a 39-yard run by Norris Calhoun who finished the night with 113 yards and two touchdowns.
The Seahawks scored three more times before the half, with one TD coming from the defense, while the Hornets put up one touchdown, a 41-yard run by Calhoun.
In the second half, the Seahawks continued to take to Cottondale putting up two more touchdowns, a 3-yard run by Schaffer and a 17-yard run by Chandler Parrett.
Cottondale scored its last TD on a 35-yard pass play from Justin Klotz to Jaueric Gardner. Klotz was eight of 15 through the air for 140 yards.
Up next for the Seahawks is a 7 p.m. district game Friday at Bonifay against the Holmes County Blue Devils.