What a great night for the Gulls! First season opening win since 2006! First time scoring 50 points in a game since 2005! That's a pretty good start to the 2012 season.
In total our team rushed for 410 yards on 40 carries to start the season. If that isn't a statement about the commitment to our scheme then I don't know what is. As we began introducing the new offensive scheme to our players in January there were a lot of questions about how successful we could be. I think those questions have been put to rest.
Despite a great team effort, I would be remiss to not mention some of the unbelievable efforts by some of our players. Most of our young men know that the workhorse in our offense will be our fullback and Calvin Pollard didn't disappoint. Pollard rushed for 249 yards on 16 carries and scored three touchdowns en route to the Gulls victory. He would be the first to admit that it wouldn't have been possible without an outstanding effort by the offensive line comprised of Lucas Clark, Nick Richardson, Tae McClendon, Levon Schehl, Even McCormack, Daemon Fassler, Kyle Hague, and Daemon Didenti. All of our running backs enjoyed gaping holes produced by the offensive line en route to a 50 point victory versus Warrenton.
Zack Hofmann took control of our offense leading us down the field and scoring on five consecutive possessions in the first half ending with a 16 yard TD strike to Danny Leary to complete the first half. Kevin LaCoste finished up the second half leading the offense to two more scoring drives, including an eleven play drive that finally stuck the dagger in Warrenton.
Our defense proved they will be a force to be reckoned with all season led by senior LB Kyle Hague wreaking havoc on the Warriors offense all night. The Warriors were able to muster a mere 130 yards of offense on the night as our stingy D stopped them time after time and provided the offense great field position all night.
And finally our special teams play was outstanding. The time we commit to special teams each day in practice paid off big time as we dominated the third facet of the game. Vicente Arcadio converted 6 of 6 PAT's and Kyver Hamilton excelled recording four tackles on kick off coverage pinning the Warriors deep in their own territory after each Seaside score.
It was a great night for our team, families, coaches, and community. What an outstanding way to kick off the 2012 season. Thank you all for coming out to the game and we look forward to your continued support throughout the season.
We were penalized far too much over the course of the evening. As we continue to work out the nuances of a new offense this will be cleaned up. Fortunately it didn't cost us a victory on Friday night but will certainly need to be addressed as we move forward in the season.
Not much to file away in this category after such a great night. When adversity presented itself on Friday night our boys stood up to it and turned the day in their favor.