Seminole Ridge 21, P.B. Central 6: Gary Holmes runs for 135 yards and two TDs
Friday, September 02, 2011
by Jeff Greer
Nothing about Seminole Ridge coach Matt Dickmann's face said his team had just defeated Palm Beach Central 21-6 in its season opener on Friday night.
Not his frown. Not his demeanor.
"It was terrible," Dickmann said. "Special teams were absolutely terrible. Offensively, if we could have hit a pass down field Defensively, there were blown coverages.
"Thank God we have Gary Holmes."
Holmes, Seminole Ridge's senior speedster, ran for 135 yards and two touchdowns. His first score, a 1-yard dive over the offensive line in the second quarter, gave Seminole Ridge (1-0) the only lead it needed.
His second touchdown, a 20-yard run in the fourth, clinched the win for the Hawks.
It was nothing new for Holmes, who ran for almost 1,500 yards as a junior in 2010, though Central (0-1) limited Ridge's big-play threat to just five runs of 10 or more yards.
"I think we played kind of sloppy," Holmes said. "They were trying to stop the run game, obviously, but we kept pushing. We dug down deep."
It took some deep digging because Central started fast and controlled much of the first half.
The Broncos hurt Seminole Ridge with big plays on consecutive drives, including a 27-yard strike from quarterback Brock Bukowski to Tommy McDonald and 37-yard run by Ray Wilson.
But while both of those drives moved into the Seminole Ridge red zone, Central came away with just two field goals by Cameron Golob.
A third trip to the red zone in the third quarter ended when Central lost a fumble at the Seminole Ridge 20-yard line.
"We were in the red zone three times and only came up with six points, and that hurt us," Central coach Rod Harris said. "I really thought that was a huge part of the ball game tonight."
To Seminole Ridge fans, it looked like a grind-it-out win that saw the Hawks wear down their opponent with their multi-pronged rushing attack.
But to Dickmann, it was ugly.
New quarterback Antwan Washington struggled for Seminole Ridge. The junior was 5 of 12 for 113 yards, and missed a few golden opportunities for big pass plays down field.
But that's to be expected in the season opener. Unless you're Dickmann.
"It's got to be 11 guys working together," Dickmann said. "Right now, it's eight or nine guys. Eight or nine won't beat 11 working together."