2017-11-08 / Front Page

It was a Thriller in Miller Friday Night

By: Glenda Bailey


As usual, the Seminole County Indians and the Miller County Pirates gave those who attended about as good as could be asked for. As usual, the Seminole County Indians and the Miller County Pirates gave those who attended about as good as could be asked for. Every year when the time comes for our Miller County Pirates and the Seminole County Indians to meet, whether it is at our house or theirs, it is always a great game of football. This year Miller County was host, and again both teams had awesome athletes playing from both sides of the field.

Pirate captains for the game were GJ Douglas, Austin Dollar, Hayes Cleveland, and Joe Hawkins and for Seminole County Phillip Smith, Travon Sims (Trap), and Shamal Hopkins.

The game got under way with the Pirates on the receiving end of the pig. It didn’t take long for the Pirates to score as they picked up four first downs with MC’s #21 Chris Stovall (CALLOWAY). Seminole thought that Calloway had the pig, but Miller County quarterback Dylan Johnson kept the pig from squealing as he stepped into the Indians’ end zone to score a touchdown. Miller’s 2 point attempt failed, but the Pirates were on the scoreboard with 8:23 left on the clock. It was 6-0.


The half time show was dedicated to Dawn Phillips Shepard, who lost her battle with cancer last week. The half time show was dedicated to Dawn Phillips Shepard, who lost her battle with cancer last week. On Seminole County’s possession, their quarterback #7 Travon Sims kept the pig a couple of times and met the Black Death Defense: Janorris Byrd, Adam Richardson, Julian Williams, GJ Douglas, Kohler Tabb, Joe Hawkins, Cameron Crankfield and Austin Dollar. Seminole decided to go another route with SC# Shamal Hopkins and SC# 5 Detraiveon Edwards, but again the Black Death Pressure was too much so there was a turnover on downs.

It was first and 10 from the Pirates’ own 39 yard line when “Calloway” broke a couple Indians’ scalping as he picked up yardage. Second and 8, MC’s #1 JaNorris Byrd picked up a first down. First and 10 from the Indians’ 48, MC’s #64 Brook Watson opened up a hole big enough for a Mac truck to drive through, allowing

Byrd to powerhouse through picking up another first down. Second and 9, Coach Miller switched to MC’S #8 Jaimyen Miller to carry the pig, picking up a couple of yards. Third and 6, MC’s Austin Dollar was the pig carrier, picking up another first down. First and 10 from the Indians’ 26, Jaimyen Miller pushed hard to pick up a first down. First and 10 from the Indians’ 15, Miller County fumbled the pig, but MC’s #13 Hayes Cleveland was there to recover the fumble as the first quarter came to an end.

As the second quarter got underway, the Pirates had control of the pig. Byrd and Calloway rotated the pig, and it was first and goal when Calloway went in for a touchdown. The 2 point conversion was broken up by the Indians, but the score stood 12-0 in the Pirates’ favor.

This is where it gets scary, as the Indians picked up two first downs. Miller County’s Black Death began to anchor down harder, but Seminole’s #7 Travon Sims has an arm on him and that young athlete can throw that pig. MC’s #2 Kendrea Rainey jumped up and batted a pass intended for an Indian receiver. Whew, that was close! Williams, Calloway and Tabb sacked SC’s QB behind the line of scrimmage, causing the Indians to boot the pig away with MC’s #13 catching the punt.

With six minutes left to go in the second quarter, it was first and 10 from the Pirates’ own 34 yard line. Johnson slipped the pig into the arms of MC’s #1 JaNorris Byrd, Byrd broke through an Indian War Party to pick up great yardage. It was first and 10 from the Indians’ 35 that Byrd was the pig holder. Second and just few inches, Calloway carried the pig. Flags popped out against Seminole, giving the Pirates a first down. First and 10 from the Indians’ 10 yard line, Byrd was the ball carrier, putting the Pirates just inside the Indians’ 7 yard line. On Miller’s next drive, Byrd scored with a 7 yard rushing touchdown. The two point conversion failed, but again the Pirates were up 18-0 with four minutes left in the second quarter.

As the Pirates kicked off to Seminole County, Seminole had the ball on their own 47 yard line. Seminole’s QB Travon Sims kept the pig home and was en route into Pirates’ territory when he met MC’s #32 GJ Douglas. Douglas hit Sims, causing him to flip after Sims had picked up a first down. Then Coach Wes rotated SC’s #1 Phillip Smith and SC’s #7 (Trap) to run the ball, and it was SC’s 7 Travon Sims better known to Seminole County as “Trap” to keep the pig home and score a touchdown. The point attempt was good, putting the Indians on the scoreboard, 7-18.

Seminole had just enough time to kick off to Miller County. Miller County had the ball on their 25 yard line when time would allow another play. If they were watching, it was with great pride that Pirate and Seminole fans saw how some of the Indians and “Calloway” shook hands as the second half came to an end.

During half time, both the Seminole Band and the Miller County Marching Pirate Pride Band performed so excellently. It is with much pride to sit in the stands and watch both of these bands perform. Hats off to all of you Indians and Pirates band members, along with your band directors for a great performance. The halftime show was dedicated to Mrs. Dawn Phillips Shepard as she has fought long and hard against cancer, but God was ready for her to come home. We love you, Ms. Dawn!

As the third quarter began, the Indians were on the receiving end of the pig. It didn’t take the Indians long with #24 Shamal Hopkins with a 5 yard rushing touchdown to put more points on the scoreboard. The Indians’ 2 point conversion failed, but the Indians were moving in on the Pirates, 13- 18.

This is where it got a little crazy. Coach Miller was rotating Calloway and Byrd. Flags were thrown, and Miller County couldn’t get enough to gain yardage and had to punt to Seminole County.

The Indians had the pig on their 17 yard line. With the Indians inside the Pirates’ 20; it gets a bit confusing. Miller County held the Indians off for the first 3 downs with Janorris Byrd, Kohler Tabb, Cameron Crankfield, Roland Godfrey, Jaimyen Miller and Austin Dollar. It was the fourth down, when Travon Sims connected with SC’s #10 DeAndre Copeland on a 26 yard touchdown pass. Seminole’s two point conversion failed again, but Seminole had gone out in front with the score of 19- 18. With under a minute to go in the third quarter, Seminole kicked off to Miller County. Pirates had the pig on their 28 yard line as the third quarter came to an end.

With it being the last quarter, tension was running high. Both Byrd and Calloway and Jamiyen Miller ran hard trying to gain yardage. The Pirates were first and 10 from midfield when a Pirate fumble became an Indian’s blessing. The Indians were first and 10 from the midfield when the Black Death Defense consisting of Miller, Williams, Crankfield, and Tyler Grant planted their cleats firmly, causing the pig to turn over on downs.

The Pirates had the pig on their 35 yard line with 7 minutes to go in the final quarter. MC’s QB Johnson slipped the pig to Byrd back-to-back picking up yardages. It was first and 10 from the Pirates’ 46 yard line, when Johnson slipped the pig into the arms of Chris Stovall “Calloway.” This athlete ran hard to score a 49 yard touchdown. WHEW! The two point conversion came up short, but the Pirates had gained control again with the score 24-19.

The clock showed 6 minutes left in the fourth quarter when Miller County kicked off to the Indians. It was first and 10 from the Indians’ 35 yard line when once again Coach Miller’s Black Death Defense came on stronger than ever. Seminole used an air attack, but MC’s #14 Tyler Grant was there to bat the pig away, causing a turnover on downs.

There were approximately 3 minutes left as the Pirates were on their 45 yard line. NO MISTAKES needed to be made on the Pirates’ part! MC QB Johnson slipped the pig into the arms of Calloway. This young man was running off of pure adrenaline as he went down deep into Indian Territory at the 20 yard line. As the last second ticked off the clock, the bragging rights belonged to Miller County for another year. The final score was 19 Seminole to Miller County 24.

It was a good game, and when it time for these two teams to meet, it brings out former athletes from both sides, young and old Pirate fans as well. Congratulations go to the Miller County Pirates on their win and the Seminole County Indians, congratulations for your hard work on the field. Both of these teams perform their best when they meet each other.

Before game time, the 2018 seniors were recognized, along with their parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters or friend.

As we go to press, it looks as if we will be traveling to Jenkins County to play the first round of playoffs on Friday night.

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