BRADENTON -- The new kids on the block played some old-fashioned football to make history.
Braden River intercepted three passes and forced six turnovers to defeat traditional power Southeast 31-14 on Friday night at John Kiker Memorial Stadium.
It was Braden River's first victory over Southeast in football.
The Pirates have forced 11 turnovers in two games and are 2-0 after finishing last year 1-9. Winless Southeast dropped its third straight game
"Some of it (the turnovers) is being in the right place at the right time, and some are errors from the offense," Braden River head coach Curt Bradley said. "But you kind of make your own luck in this game and we were flying around to the football. A win is a win, and we'll take it. Our kids had an opportunity to do something this week that's never been done and they stepped up to the plate. They took advantage of it and experienced something great because of it."
Two of Braden River's interceptions came in the red zone to stop Southeast drives. The third one by linebacker Marcus Balliette in the third quarter came at the Seminoles' 15 and set up a one yard touchdown run by quarterback Dusty Peebles to give the Pirates a 31-7 lead.
Braden River overcame a rough start, fumbling the opening kickoff, which Southeast recovered on the 23. Courtney Allen ran for 18 and then took it over from the 5 for a 7-0 lead.
Allen finished with 170 yards to break the Southeast career rushing record of 2,863 yards held by Dyral McMillan. Allen is 15 yards shy of becoming the third public school running back in Manatee County history to break the 3,000-yard career rushing barrier.
"It's not good losing, so I am going to come out (next game) with another chip on my shoulder," Allen said. "We play our first district game next week, and I am going to run harder. It's motivation trying to get the 3,000, but most important is trying to get that first win. You can't have as many turnovers as we did tonight. It's not going to turn out pretty."
Titus Humphrey was the answer to Allen in the run game for Braden River. The senior picked up 81 yards on 19 carries and scored on touchdown runs of 8 and 13 yards.
"It's a big thing for our team to beat Southeast. We made history tonight because Braden River had never beaten Southeast," Humphrey said. "Our defense played amazing. We needed them to stop Courtney. He is a good running back. Hats off to Southeast, but our team came out ready."
Humphrey's first touchdown tied the game with 5:22 left in the first quarter. Southeast blocked a punt, but lost the ball on a fumble and, three players later, Peebles threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Justin Ross for a 14-7 lead. Humphrey's second touchdown with 4:17 left in the second quarter made it 21-7 at halftime.
In the second quarter, Southeast drove down to the Braden River 13, and Jack Shinn was picked off. Late in the period, the Noles got down to the 20, and he was intercepted, this time by Devyn Williams.
Austin Myara nailed a 22-yard field goal in third quarter for a 24-7 lead.
Larry Woodward took over at quarterback for Southeast and led the Seminoles on an 80-yard drive that was capped off with a 13-yard touchdown run by Allen. Peebles rushed for 59 yards and completed 6 of 10 passes for 108 yards and a touchdown.
"Dusty prepares hard and practices hard, and Titus does also, but you have to put it on our offensive line tonight," Bradley said. "They did a tremendous job. Dusty was not under any pressure. We didn't like the way we started the game, but I told the kids it happened with 11:47 left on the clock and it's a long football game."
They stayed the course and kept fighting."