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FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Vernon smashes PSJ, 56-19

Dustin Kent
The News Herald

Vernon came into this season with high expectations and dreams of a trip to Gene Cox Stadium in Tallahassee to play for a 1A state championship later this year. 

That dream will likely feel a little more more realistic following the Yellowjackets' season-opener in Port St. Joe on Friday, as they crushed the Tiger Sharks 56-19 to make a big early statement. 

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Senior running back K'wan Powell had a monster night for Vernon, scoring six total touchdowns and rushing for 249 yards on just five carries. 

Powell reached the end zone three times on the ground and three more times through the air, catching a pair of touchdown passes from Dyvion Bush and another from Markus Hammack. 

Jacob Hopper picked off Hammack and took it back for a touchdown early in the first quarter to give Port St. Joe the early 7-0 lead, but Powell scored on a 40-yard TD run on the ensuing series and passed to Bush for the two-point play to make it 8-7. 

Powell then took a short pass from Bush and broke away for another long TD to make it 16-7, with a short touchdown run by Hopper cutting the margin back to three in the second quarter. 

It was all Yellowjackets from there, as Bush scored on a 20-yard touchdown run, followed by a touchdown pass from Hammack to Powell and then another from Bush to Powell to make it 36-13 at halftime. 

Powell added two more touchdown runs in the third quarter, including a 97-yarder, to blow the game open and put Vernon up 50-13.

Bush completed 5 of 7 passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns, while Hammack was 5 of 14 for 45 yards and a touchdown. Hammack also rushed for 31 yards. Jayme Baker added 59 yards on the ground and scored the final Vernon touchdown. 

EJ Reddice caught three passes for 87 yards. 

Vernon will be at Chipley this Friday. 

Wewahitchka 40, Franklin County 6

The Gators moved to 2-0 on the young season by cruising past the Seahawks in their home opener.

Alex Williams had three touchdown runs to lead Wewahitchka, while Zay McDaniel added two touchdowns and Keegan Calhoun had another. Luke Hjort converted 5 of 6 extra points. 

Wewahitchka is back on the road to take on Hamilton County. Frankly County will head to Niceville next week to take on Rocky Bayou Christian. 

Sneads 20, Holmes County 0

The Pirates overcame a pair of lost fumbles and an array of penalties to ease by the Blue Devils and improve to 2-0. 

Jalen Williams scored all three touchdowns for the Pirates, all on short runs, reaching the end zone in the first, second, and fourth quarters. 

Sneads took a 14-0 lead into the halftime break and tacked on one more score in the fourth to put the game away. 

The Pirates play at Jefferson County, while the Blue Devils are home for Graceville.