Is Southeast back? Back in front?
The Seminoles have now made that question viable.
Quarterback Alex Taylor and running back Latrell Peavy turned in stellar offensive performances and the defense more than held its ground as Southeast upended Arcadia DeSoto County 35-0 in a Class 5A-District 11 football game Thursday night at Paul Maechtle Field at John Kiker Memorial Stadium.
The receivers “did as good a job of making plays for (Taylor),” Southeast head coach Rashad West said. “He did a good job of getting them the ball.”
Southeast raises its record to 3-0 overall, 2-0 in the district. DeSoto falls to 0-2, 0-1 in its storm-ravaged season.
“It’s good to be 3-0. It’s good for the kids,” said West, a second-year head coach and former Southeast quarterback (in the 1990s). “It’s good for those kids to be 3-0 and it’s good for those things that we have been talking about. They are starting to see the fruits of their labor.”
But West said the Seminoles aren’t worried about their record. They just want to learn from their mistakes in preparation for hosting Cardinal Mooney in a non-district game next Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Southeast committed 11 first-half penalties, five in the second half. DeSoto committed five in the first half, three in the second.
But the Seminoles’ defense committed few miscues when the plays counted, limiting the Bulldogs to minus-16 yards rushing.
The Southeast High band appeared to gain more yards at halftime than DeSoto did throughout the night.
“I was glad they were able to hold that shutout,” West said. “They’ve played great the last couple of weeks.”
Taylor completed 13 of 15 passes for 155 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Peavy rushed 10 times for 137 yards and two touchdowns.
The game was played with a running clock in the second half after Southeast took a 35-0 lead on Peavy’s 7-yard scoring run with 28 seconds left before intermission.
Southeast’s Brandon Shannon picked up a fumble on a bad DeSoto punt snap and ran it back 17 yards for the game’s first score. Lorenzo Rojas made the first of five extra-point kicks as the Seminoles went up 7-0 with 10:35 remaining in a lengthy, penalty- and mistake-filled first quarter.
Taylor connected with Clyde Townsend for a 19-yard touchdown pass with 5:56 remaining in the first and a 14-0 Seminole lead. The score was 21-0 after Peavy scored on a 71-yard run with 10:26 remaining in the half.
Taylor then hit Tyler Stevenson on a 2-yard TD pass with 7:50 remaining in the first half, before Peavy’s score necessitated the running clock.
“We’re playing pretty well right now,” West said.
LAKEWOOD RANCH 28, NORTH PORT 13: Quarterback Justin Curtis’ 25-yard touchdown run put an exclamation point on the Mustangs’ victory, improving their record this season to 3-0.
After North Port took an early 6-0 lead, Lakewood Ranch responded in the second quarter, getting two short rushing touchdowns from Mason Fischer in the closing minutes of the half.
Curtis extended the lead in the third quarter with a 26-yard touchdown pass to Drake Theriot.
SARASOTA BOOKER 6, BAYSHORE 0: In a matchup of winless teams, the Bruins allowed only a first-quarter touchdown but fell to 0-3. The Tornadoes, playing for the third time in seven days, picked up their first victory in six games.