Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Seaman Tops Highland Park in One-Half Contest

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Seaman Tops Highland Park in One-Half Contest

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Seaman notched its second win of the season, beating Highland Park 23-0 in a contest marred by wind and rain and ultimately cut short at halftime by lightning.

Highland Park held the Vikings scoreless until the final minute of the first period, when Mike Latendresse bowled his way in from the 3-yard line.

Strong wind and rain blew in midway through the second quarter. After Seaman's Kevin Moranz carried for a 2-yard score to extend the Viking lead to 14-0. Highland Park's offense was pinned deep, buffeted by rain.

Highland Park punter Phillip White, with punts of 38, 46 and 48 yards already to his credit, was forced to kick into the wind and rain from his own 11-yard line. His kick fluttered sideways and blew back into, then out of, the end zone, resulting in a safety.

"It's not easy to handle the ball when it's pouring like that, but it's a real fun atmosphere when it's like that, because our offensive linemen love getting down and dirty," said Seaman quarterback Dalton Cowan.

Cowan struggled to ignite the Viking attack in the first half. He completed just 6-14 for 72 yards, but scrambled for 53 yards on the ground before the intermission. The senior noted how the Seaman crowd, band and cheerleaders endured the rain to show their support.

"It was just awesome the way our crowd stayed with us and kept the excitement up," Cowan said. "I think there's a lot more excitement around Seaman football than there has been in the past few years. Before, you might have seen everyone emptying out. So props to our fans and everyone who stayed."

Despite the conditions, the game continued uninterrupted until halftime. The rain and wind subsided, but lightning persisted. After a 40-minute break, the decision was made to call the game over.

"The coaches, ADs and officials met to talk it over after we waited about 30 minutes," Seaman coach Glenn O'Neil said. …

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