LAKELAND, Fla.—In five Homecoming games at Victory Field, the Fire defense has come away with a shutout in three of them.
Southeastern (5-3) held Edward Waters to 158 total yards on 66 plays, and had four takeaways to beat the Tigers 44-0.
Corey Rahman had two interceptions, one coming in the first quarter after Southeastern turned it over with an interception of their own, the other was returned down to the 2-yard line to set up the first of two Tyrell Williams touchdown runs. He finished with 72 yards on 13 carries.
“Our defense played well all the way through and gave us the ball in great scoring position,” said coach Keith Barefield.
Bryan Bell added a two-yard touchdown run with 1:20 left in the second quarter to put the Fire up 23-0 at halftime. Bell finished the game with 155 yards on 24 carries.
On the second play of the third quarter, Tyrail Davis intercepted a pass and took it 35 yards for a score. After blocking a punt, the Fire started their first offensive possession of the half at the EWC 30 yard line. On the first snap, Cooper Jones found D’Terryon Anderson in double coverage for a touchdown.
Jones, in his first start, was 11-of-20 for 121 yards and a touchdown, and was sacked once, and picked off twice.
“The offense started a little slow, but as the game went along our freshman quarterback got some things squared away early, and distinguished himself well and got some great experience reading coverages and standing in the pocket.”
Antwain Adams was the leading receiver with four catches for 53 yards. He also scored on a ball that was fumbled by Bryan Bell at the goal line that Adams picked up and walked into the end zone.
Nico Moreno paced the defense with nine tackles, including one for loss. Lamont Trent added seven stops, with two for loss. Chris Thompson was responsible for the fourth interception.
The Fire host Keiser next Saturday at 7 p.m.