Defense carries Vikings in lopsided victory against Highland Park

Seaman coach Glenn O’Neil’s Vikings topped Highland Park 47-6 Friday night. (2017 file photo/The Capital-Journal)

Seaman used a suffocating defense and big plays to run away from Highland Park 47-6 on Friday at Highland Park and improve to 2-0 on the year.


The Vikings remained unscored upon until the last play of the game, following up a 52-0 shutout of Topeka West last week. Seaman didn’t allow the Scots a first down until the final drive of the night. But Seaman coach Glenn O’Neil wasn’t displeased to see the shutout slip away.

“Our defense played well. We played tough and physical, which is something we take pride in,” O’Neil said. “Our defense is just focusing on getting lined up correctly, and then from there play technique, know your responsibility.”

Seaman’s offense had no trouble putting points on the board. On the first play from scrimmage for the Vikings, Blake Temmen exploded untouched for a 56-yard score.

Five minutes later, Janson Garman weaved his way through traffic for a 26-yard score. Sam Juarez then returned a punt 48 yards for a third touchdown of the first period, giving Seaman a 20-0 advantage. In the second period, quarterback Kobe Jones ran for a score and passed to Sam Payne for another, and the starters were just about done for the night. For the second straight game, O’Neil worked reserves in for a significant amount of playing time.

“It helps and it hurts at the same time,” O’Neil said of playing the reserves. “It hurts because you don’t really know where you are conditioning-wise. But you’re building that depth and building confidence in the younger kids. And it makes them more excited to come to practice to know they have the opportunity to get to play in a varsity game.”

Highland Park notched its first points of the season as the Vikings permitted their first. Scots quarterback JaShawn Spicer tossed a 15-yard scoring pass to Will White on the game’s final play, finishing an 11-play, 71-yard drive that consumed more than nine minutes.

“Defensively the area we need to improve upon the most is just communication on the field, as we see new things in formation we haven’t seen before,” O’Neil said. “And we’ve got to improve our tackling in the open field to be ready for the athletes we’re going to face in our league.”

Seaman (0-2, 0-2) … 20 … 21 … 6 … 0 … — … 47

Highland Park (0-2, 0-2) … 0 … 0 … 0 … 6 … — … 6

Seaman — Temmen 56 run (kick failed)

Seaman — Garman 26 run (Hillebert kick)

Seaman — Juarez 48 punt return (Hillebert kick)

Seaman — Jones 1 run (Hillebert kick)

Seaman – Payne 14 pass from Jones (Hillebert kick)

Seaman — Wohletz 4 run (Hillebert kick)

Seaman — Garman 50 interception return (kick failed)

Highland Park — White 15 pass from Spicer (run failed)


… Seaman … Highland Park

First downs … 10 … 3

Rushes-yards … 26-225 … 24-51

Passing yards … 57 … 52

Passes … 4-5-0 … 6-11-2

Fumbles-lost … 0-0 … 3-1

Punts-Avg. … 2-26.5 … 3-37.3

Penalties-yards … 5-30 … 3-15


RUSHING — Seaman: Jones 3-36, Temmen 4-75, Garman 3-46, Spence 3-13, Wohletz 7-25, Juarez 1-10, Boyer 1-3, Smith 2-11, Vawter 2-(minus6); Highland Park: Plakio 9-34, Spicer 10-9, Stepp 2-4, White 2-(minus 2), Florence-Patton 1-4.

PASSING — Seaman: Jones 3-4-0 47 yards, Vawter 1-1-0 10 yards; Highland Park: Spicer 6-11-2 52 yards.

RECEIVING — Seaman: Payne 2-15, Garman 1-32, Pohlmeier 1-10; Highland Park: White 3-31, Florence-Patton 3-21.

PUNTING — Seaman: Hillebert 2-26.5; Highland Park: White 3-37.3.



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