Saints crush Satsuma in 57-21 homecoming victory

Published 1:33 am Saturday, October 27, 2012

Selma High’s Jeromi Davis breaks free on a punt return during Friday’s homecoming win against Satsuma. Davis scored in the return during Selma’s 57-21 win. -- Tim Reeves

SELMA — Selma High scored six touchdowns and a field goal on offense. They scored another on a punt return and another on a fumble return.

In between, the Saints racked up more than 400 yards of offense and played stifling defense en route to a 57-21 rout of the Satsuma Gators.

The win, which came on Selma’s homecoming, improved the Saints overall record to 3-6 on the year, and gave them their first winning streak of the season. Last week, the Saints upended Sumter-Central.

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“We are playing well right now. I know I’ve used the excuse that we are a young football team plenty this year, but we are, and we are finally starting to see what we are capable of,” Selma head football coach Leroy Miles said. “We played extremely well tonight. We played up to our potential.”

Selma scored 20 points in the first quarter and 13 more in the second quarter to take a huge lead into halftime over the Gators, who after the loss fell to 1-8 on the year.

The Saints would add nine points in the third and then padded their lead with 15 more in the fourth.

“I don’t want anyone to think we were running up the score tonight,” Miles said. “We had a few scores that weren’t really up to us.”

One of those scores came in the fourth quarter when Satsuma mishandled the snap on a punt attempt. Selma’s Jeromi Davis picked up the ball at the 22-yard line and then raced in for the touchdown.

Davis also had a punt return for a touchdown in the second quarter, coming with 2:44 left in the first half. The 47-yard return gave the Saints a 33-7 lead at the time.

Selma senior quarterback Jesse Harris had a huge night offensively, running for 137 yards and two touchdowns on just eight attempts and was 3-for-7, for 68 yards, one interception and one touchdown passing.

The 11-yard touchdown pass went to Jeffon Walker in the third quarter.

Junior running back Telvin Johnson added 83 yards of his own for Selma and another two touchdowns, including one 68-yard run in the first quarter.

Selma sophomore Jesse Boggs added a two-yard touchdown on the evening and Deondis Mendenhall, in addition to staring on Selma’s defensive line and kicking extra points, added a 30-yard field goal with 5:10 to go in the third quarter.

For Satsuma, sophomore running back Richard Jones led the team with 59 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

Jemarkus Thompson added another 53 yards on the ground and one touchdown for the Gators.