Saturday, November 26, 2011

Seminole's season one to remember despite tough finish

Clayton Jones/News-Sun
Seminole's Jacob Burtch runs in for a touchdown Friday in San Angelo.
  The Seminole football team was huddled up on the turf at San Angelo Stadium on a drizzly Friday night with friends and family surrounding them. Tears were being shed as senior players and coaches addressed the team one last time during the 2011 season.
  The Indians' season had come to a close just minutes earlier when Seminole lost to undefeated Alvarado 42-7. It was a tough and shocking way for Seminole to be bounced from the playoffs, after all Seminole is the one that had put those kind of beatings on teams for the better part of two-plus months since getting starting quarterback Jacob Burtch back from a shoulder injury early in the season.
  But Friday was Alvarado's day. Alvarado's ball-control offense controlled the game from the get-go – running off two 11-plus play scoring drives to start the game that took off nearly 12 minutes of clock combined with a Seminole three-and-out wedged in between. It was all downhill from there as turnovers and an inability to move the ball haunted Seminole. I was shocked, to be honest. I hadn't seen this from Seminole all season. Then again, don't be surprised if Alvarado is the team holding up the Texas Class 3A state championship trophy at the end of the season. That team is so good.
  Reflecting on the season, Seminole accomplished a lot. Seminole was dominant for the better part of a season, sweeping District 4-3A and clobbering its first two opponents in the playoffs. I know it had high aspirations of winning a state title, but sometimes you have to look at what was accomplished instead of what wasn't.
  In the end, Alvarado was just better. No shame in that.