Saints’ defense thwarts Tigers
Published 11:12 pm Friday, October 11, 2013
Led by an opportunistic defense, Selma High School edged Greenville High School 21-14 Friday night at Tiger Stadium.
The Saints (4-3, 2-3 Class 5A, Region 3) intercepted five Greenville passes, including two in the end zone to thwart Greenville scoring opportunities.
A third Greenville pass was picked off and returned to the Tigers’ 5-yard line by sophomore linebacker Aderick Moore. That interception set up a 5-yard touchdown run by senior running back Cinque Coles, which put the Saints ahead by two touchdowns.
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“That interception was huge,” Selma head coach Leroy Miles said. “That was the turning point of the game.”
The Saints took an early lead on the Tigers (3-4, 3-2 Class 5A, Region 2) when quarterback Jesse Boggs scored from 7 yards out on the final play of the first quarter. Rashawn Reeves’ point after attempt gave Selma a 7-0 lead.
After a scoreless second quarter, the Tigers knotted the game at 7-all when junior quarterback Draylen McGrew barreled into the end zone from a yard out and sophomore Marlon Davidson split the uprights.
The Saints responded on their very next possession. Senior running back Adam Bruno capped the scoring drive with a 1-yard touchdown run with 4:33 to play in the third quarter. Reeves’ point after attempt gave Selma a 14-7 lead.
Greenville cut the lead to a single score with 3:02 remaining in the game when McGrew found junior Javarrius Cheatham for a 54-yard touchdown. Davidson’s extra point made it a 21-14 game.
With 2:32 to play. Greenville senior DeBryant Crenshaw intercepted a Selma pass at the Tigers’ 34-yard line giving Greenville a shot to tie the game. But three plays later the Saints would tally their fifth interception of the night to seal the win.
“We knew it was going to be a fight,” Miles said. “Coach (Earnest) Hill does a great job with this program. That’s a tough football team. That game was a dogfight and we knew it would be coming in here. We were very fortunate to get a win. My hat is off to this team. That’s a big win.”