Yellow Jackets hold on for win over Seahawks

Published: Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 05:19 PM.

VERNON — It was a battle to the end.

Down 21-0 midway through the third quarter, the South Walton Seahawks battled back in the final 20 minutes but couldn’t overcome the Vernon Yellow Jackets, falling 21-19 in a preseason kickoff classic Friday night.

“We didn’t quit,” South Walton first-year head coach Phil Tisa said. “Even though they put up three touchdowns, they didn’t quit.

“I saw some kids that wanted to play. And I’m glad to see we kept our intensity up.”

In the first quarter, both teams fielded their junior varsity players. In the second, they started feeding in a few varsity and second-stringers.

Vernon scored in the second quarter on a 9-yard strike from quarterback Dylan Kirk to Austin Brown. Aaron Bowers’ first of three extra points gave the Jackets a 7-0 lead. Two minutes later, Kirk connected with Julian Silas for a 40-yard score and it was 14-0 Vernon at the half.

The second half were competed by all varsity players. Four minutes into the third quarter, Vernon scored on a 46-yard pass from Kirk to Alex Andrews for a 21-0 cushion. That’s when the Seahawks responded.

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