Goreville’s Seavers sets record in V-G 54-8 victory over Hamilton County
By Mike McGinnis
In high school football action last Saturday, Connor Seavers set a new team record with four touchdowns and Will Dahmer added two more to lead Vienna-Goreville to a 54-8 win over Hamilton County at Vienna. The victory improved the Eagles’ record to 2-1 for the season.
As head coach Mike Rude noted in his post-game comments, “the score was not indicative of how close the game was.” This was especially true in the early going as Hamilton County appeared to get on the board first with about five minutes to play in the opening quarter, when they returned a V-G punt for a touchdown. However, the play was called back because of a holding penalty on the Foxes and the first period ended in a scoreless tie.
V-G scored at the 5:00 mark of the second quarter when Seavers blocked a Hamilton County punt and Blake Crain caught the ball in mid-air and carried it 19 yards for a touchdown. The Eagles made it 12-0 just before halftime on a nice, 12-yard, Austin Krelo to Kyefer Cavins touchdown pass.
On Hamilton County’s first possession of the third period, V-G’s Justin Tanner picked off a pass and returned it to the Foxes’ 19 yard line. It didn’t take V-G long to capitalize, as five plays later, Seavers scored his first touchdown on a two yard run. On the extra point try, Cavins caught a pass from Krelo but fumbled as he was being tackled short of the goal line. Crain alertly recovered the ball in the end zone to give the Eagles a 20-0 lead.
Seaver’s second score came on a two yard run with 3:39 left in the third quarter. The touchdown was set up by V-G’s Alec Gold, who intercepted a pass near mid-field and returned it down to the Hamilton County 11 yard line. The Foxes made it 26-8 when they scored on a nine yard touchdown run and two point conversion, but the Eagles answered right back on their next play from scrimmage as Seavers broke loose on a 66 yard run for his third touchdown. He also ran for the PAT, giving the Eagles a 34-8 lead heading into the fourth period.
With 8:44 left in the game, Seavers scored his fourth touchdown when he carried it in from six yards out. His run for the conversion put the Eagles up 42-8. On V-G’s next possession, Dahmer took off on a 38 yard touchdown run, then scored again with less than a minute to play on a 44 yard run to make the 54-8 final score.
Besides setting the touchdown record, Seavers also broke the rushing record of 172 yards that had been held by Dylan Kramp. Seavers set the new mark at 178 yards on 22 carries. Offensively, the Eagles gained 319 yards, while the V-G defense held Hamilton County to 122 yards.
Coach Rude was pleased with the team’s second half performance. He said “the offensive line did a great job and the backs ran hard.” However he also noted that “there were way too many penalties,” as the Eagles were flagged eight times for 102 yards. Hamilton County was penalized 13 times for 68 yards.
Up next for the Eagles: this Friday (Sept. 20)-varsity at Fairfield at 7 p.m.; this Thursday (Sept. 19) freshmen home vs. Fairfield at 4:30 p.m.; Monday (Sept. 23) sophomores home vs. Fairfield at 4:30 p.m.