Green Sea Floyds needed one play to find the end zone Friday night.
Then they seemed to stay there.
Jaquan Dixon’s long touchdown run set the tone for the reigning 1A state champions, who humbled West Columbus (N.C.) 51-9 in front of the Vikings’ home crowd.
“It’s a good way to start the season,” said Trojans quarterback Bubba Elliott, who rushed for multiple touchdowns and threw for another. “We came out early and just got things done. That way, we didn’t have to play the second half and let some of our younger guys get in.”
Green Sea Floyds led 41-0 after the first quarter. The game was so lopsided that officials kept the clock rolling in the second half and the Trojans worked in some of their backups.
Despite a dominant performance by his team, GSF coach Donnie Kiefer said he’s concerned because his players haven’t spent much time on the practice field. Regulations regarding heat and humidity have forced most local teams, including the Trojans, to practice indoors. Green Sea Floyds has practiced on a football field twice in the last two weeks.
“To me, we’re not nearly the physical football team that we should be,” Kiefer said. “But a lot of that is that we don’t get to practice. We’re inside all the time.”
After his team jumped out to an early lead, Kiefer said the play became sloppy and fatigue set in.
“I’m just proud of our kids for hanging in there,” he said. “Everybody got to play a lot, so that was a good thing. We knew that we were going to play football the first half because they had to get some conditioning in this kind of temperature.”
The Trojans (1-0) will host Hannah-Pamplico next week.