Jays in Opener
Seaford 53, Caravel 6
Photo: Seaford head coach Shawn Larrimore and running back Virgil Greene.
The Seaford High School football team collected its first victory of the 2002 season and of the Shawn Larrimore era with the easy nonconference triumph.
The Blue Jays, behind fullback Aaron White's 263 yards and 3 touchdowns rushing, bolted to a 33-0 first half lead and finished with their highest point total in at least three seasons to rise to 1-1 overall.
In compiling his career-high in rushing yards, White scored on runs of 89 yards, 9 yards and 22 yards. The senior played halfback last year.
"A lot of people talk about Aaron running the ball so well, but he can't go anywhere if not for the offensive line," said Larrimore after collecting his first coaching win with the Jays.
"We're in a new-style wing-t offense with him at fullback and it opens up the running lanes better for him. He hits the holes a lot quicker at the fullback position."
Seaford also scored on a 12-yard run by Dontra Matthews, a 26-yard pass from quarterback Beau Moore to tight end John Wheatley, and touchdown runs of 11 and 14 yards by Virgil Greene.
Greene was battling Moore for the starting quarterback job but Larrimore decided the team would be more effective with Moore at quarterback and Greene at halfback.
Against Caravel, Greene rushed for 68 yards on 7 carries while Moore went 6-for-11 for 70 yards and the touchdown, all in the first half.
"Virgil really had his heart set on playing quarterback this year," said Larrimore, "but Beau proved to be more efficient. Virgil has accepted his role at halfback and really flourished at it last night."
In a throwback performance to the days of former Seaford coach Ron Dickerson, the Blue Jays totalled 530 yards of total offense.
"Our offensive line played exceptionally well," said Larrimore. "We felt all of our kids played well, but Caravel is a very young team with a lot of freshmen and sophomores starting for them and a couple of transfers that went to Newark. I don't know if it was so much that we played well or a tribute to Caravel's youth."
One thing Larrimore does know is he isn't happy with his defense's tackling. The defense allowed Caravel less than 200 total yards, but Larrimore says a better team would have gained many more yards -- and points -- with the way the Blue Jays tackled.
He said that's something he will be emphasizing in practice during the next two weeks as the Jays get an off-week before hosting rival Woodbridge in a nonconference game on Friday, Sept. 27, at 7:30 p.m.
"We're still not doing a good job of getting off the blocks on defense and we've got to stop arm-tackling," said Larrimore. "Woodbridge is not a team that will go down with arm tackles. We face some other ones, like Sussex Tech, Sussex Central and Caesar Rodney, and I'm pretty sure they're not going to go down with arm tackles. We're still not doing a good job of wrapping up."
Nevertheless, Larrimore was happy to get his first Seaford victory under his belt.
"It's nice to get that first one," said Larrimore. "I hope a lot more follow."
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