South Walton takes bite out of Liberty County Bulldogs

Tina Harbuck
tharbuck@thedestinlog.com

BRISTOL -- After a 90-yard return by Liberty County’s Jordan Chaney on the opening kickoff, it was all South Walton as the Seahawks came back to post a 27-7 road victory.

“I didn’t think we had got off the bus yet,” said South Walton Coach Phil Tisa.  “But I was pleased with our resiliency and the ability to bounce back.”

“Our defense didn’t give up a score so I’m happy with that,” Tisa added.

“And offensively we did what we need to, to win.”

South Walton had 318 yards total offense while Liberty County had 133.

The Seahawks tallied 154 yards on the ground with senior running back Joe Ledo-Massey leading the way with 17 rushes for 100 yards and three touchdowns. Kyle Lenoir carried the ball six times for 28 yards and one touchdown.

Through the air, first year Seahawk Dillon Bates completed 19 of 31 passes for 164 yards and three interceptions. Austin Garofalo had five catches for 51 yards.

Liberty’s quarterback Alex Gonzalez completed eight of 16 passes for 73 yards.

Following the opening runback by the Bulldogs, the Seahawks scored on their third possession with Ledo-Massey capping off a four-play drive on a 5-yard run up the middle. Liberty’s Chaney blocked the extra-point kick.

Midway of the second quarter, South Walton struck again. Starting from their own 30-yard line, the Seahawks scored in 12 plays, again with Ledo-Massey taking it in from 2-yards out. Garofalo kicked in the point after for a 13-7 lead.

South Walton scored once more before the half with Lenoir pushing it through the middle on a 3-yard run. Garofalo was good for the PAT and a 20-7 lead at the half.

The Seahawks scored one last time in the third quarter, with Ledo-Massey punching it in from 1-yard out.

“This is a good win for us,” Tisa said. “We’ve never beat Liberty County before. I’m just as happy as all get outs.”

Up next for South Walton is a 7 p.m. game at home next Friday against the Walton County Braves.