Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

City Notes: Win Boosts Seaman Football's Confidence

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

City Notes: Win Boosts Seaman Football's Confidence

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Seaman football coach Blake Pierce has celebrated a lot of wins in his career, both in 11 seasons as the Vikings' coach and as an assistant for state championship and state runner-up teams under Ron Bowen at Washburn Rural.

But Pierce said last Friday's win, and the way the Vikings won, is as good or better than all of the other victories.

After being outscored 97-20 in its first two games, Seaman bounced back to take a 21-14 victory at Rural, clinching the win with a goal-line stand inside the final minute.

"I'm about as excited for a win as I think I can ever remember, honestly," Pierce said. "It was a great football game on both sides of the ball and I just like the way our kids finished.

"We've been talking to our kids all year about somebody stepping up and making a play, and we had multiple guys do that."

Seaman scored all three of its touchdowns on big plays -- a 46- yard run by senior Reid Fehr, a 79-yard run by junior Colton Moranz and a 75-yard pass from sophomore Dalton Cowan to senior Nash McKnight.

But it came down to the Vikings' defense to make their seven- point lead stand up, with Fehr picking off a pass just outside his goal line on a fourth-and-goal play and returning it all the way to the Rural 5 to clinch the victory.

"It was a gutty performance by our defense, no question, and we're just excited for a win," Pierce said. "Washburn Rural's a good football team and we're fortunate to come away with a win.

"We were really pleased with the pressure that we put on the quarterback and we needed to against Blake (Peterson). He's a great quarterback and if you give him a lot of time he's going to pick you apart."

Fehr, who had two interceptions in the game and rushed for more than 100 yards, said his late interception was a result of being in the right place at the right time.

"I opened up to where I was supposed to go," he said. "Blake (Peterson) had been scrambling all night and I just started following him and I saw the ball come out. …

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