The Seminole County Indians open the 2021 football season this Friday night in a non-region game with the Early County Bobcats in Blakely. Kick off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
The Indians will have to bounce back from their disappointing loss last Friday night at Seminole Stadium, falling to the Brookwood Warriors from Thomasville 17-6.
“Of course last week didn’t turn out as we would have liked, but it was beneficial since it gave us an idea of our strengths and weaknesses. That’s what scrimmages are for, so it was valuable nonetheless,” commented Seminole County head coach
There were costly mistakes on both sides of the ball in last Friday’s game against Brookwood, but there were some great plays for the Indians as well.
“We don’t want the negatives to overshadow their positives. The boys are excited and motivated to turn things around and have a better showing for Early County. Our coaching staff is proud of our kids and we only expect to improve each week. We appreciate our community support and ask to them turn out big to cheer us on in Blakely,” added Stegall.
The Early County Bobcats finished the 2020 season at 7-3 and advanced to the second round of the GHSA playoffs.
With 22 Seniors on this year’s team, Early County Coach Joel Harvin is hoping this Bobcats squad can be the one to break through this season.
The Indians feature seven returning starters on offense and nine on defense from last year’s 3-7 team, highlighted by several college recruits in the secondary.
Nick Cull, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound defensive back, has 23 major college offers, including eight from SEC schools (Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, LSU, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Vanderbilt) and from six ACC teams (Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami, Syracuse, Virginia and Wake Forest).
Tyree Rainey, a 5-foot-11, 185 pound free safety, is receiving interest from mid-major teams such as Arkansas State, Marshall, Charlotte, Akron and Bowling Green. Rainey tore his ACL last year, but has been cleared for this season.
Dontavius Brown, a 6-foot-2, 170-pound cornerback, has received interest from Cornell, Georgia State and Mercer.
Seminole County also returns three starters on the defensive line. Jamarvion Jones (Sr., 6-0, 250), Camron Ray (Sr., 6-1, 260) and Hilton Newsome (Jr., 5-10, 220) are returning starters. Zygarrius Brown (Sr., 6-2, 215) and Nacavious Henderson (So., 5-10, 225) are other projected starters on the D-line.
The linebacker area also returns three starters – Travares Robinson (Jr., 5-9, 170), Damarion Clemmons (Sr., 6-2, 170) and Ry’shawn Brown (Jr., 5-9, 180).
On offense, Boris Melton III (Jr., 6-0, 170) returns to lead the Indian attack at quarterback, while Senior Jahiem Jackson (Sr., 5-10, 190) is back at running back. Cull, Dontavious Brown and Trace Bagwell (Sr., 5-11, 165) are returning starters at wide receiver.
The offensive line has two returning starters in Ray at right tackle and Newsome at center.
Other projected line starters are Charles Johnson (Sr., 5-10, 255), Michael Beard (Fr., 6-0, 260), and Jones. Owen Cross (Sr., 6-3, 190) is a projected starter at tight end.
Lavarius Hutchins (Jr., 5-8, 171) is expected to join Jackson in the backfield.
The Indians have a weapon in the kicking game, said Stegall. Beau Beldon, a transfer, averaged 38.6 yards per punt last year at East Coweta. He also hit 6-of-11 field goals with a long of 37 yards and was also 41-of-42 on extra-point kicks.
The 2021 Seminole County schedule is as follows: August 20 at Early County; August 27 Blountstown (Fla.); September 3 Headland (Ala.); September 10 Turner County; September 17 Off; Sept. 24 Off; October 1 at St. Anne-Pacelli; October 8 Randolph-Clay; October 15 at Mitchell County; October 22 Miller County; October 29 at Pelham; and November 5 at Terrell County.