Selma suffers first loss

Published 12:49 am Saturday, September 20, 2008

GREENVILLE – Alex Phifer caught two touchdowns and rushed for another score as Greenville downed previously unbeaten Selma 37-0.

The Tigers defense denied Selma on three trips inside the red zone and picked off Saints quarterback Keaton Spears four times during the game.

Selma found a spark early from running back Eddie Johnson, who rushed for 39 yards into Greenville territory on the Saints’ first possession of the game. But a fourth and 14 pass play fell incomplete.

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The Tigers responded with a 13-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ryan Smith to Phifer.

The Saints tried to answer.

Spears hit wide receiver Jacoby Shannon with a pass to convert on first down, and then found Shannon streaking down the sideline for a 41-yard gain to the Tigers 8-yard line.

But a holding call backed Selma up, and GHS linebacker Darin Mack picked off Spears on first and goal from the 16-yard line.

With the Tigers up 17-0, Selma’s next chance to score came after the Saints were able to block a punt at Greenville’s 23-yard line. A Spears keeper pushed the ball to the Greenville 9-yard line, but Marcus Peters broke through the Saints’ line to sack the quarterback.

Spears’ ensuing pass was intercepted by Tigers’ defensive