From the first quarter and beyond, the Apalachee Wildcats couldn't stand a chance. Under constant pressure throughout the entire game, the Wildcats key playmaker Alante Billings was under duress from Salem's front four, led by Robert Chambers and Behr Cooper.
As for the offense, senior wide-receiver Kanome McIntosh had a career day. Apalachee's defense seemed to struggle when trying to contain McIntosh in open space. McIntosh caught an 80-yard touchdown pass from his fellow quarterback Gerald Walker in the first quarter. Walker found him again before the end of the half for another long touchdown that came from a 58-yard screen pass.
McIntosh wasn't the only playmaker on the field for the ‘Noles offense. Tyriano Greene led the rushing attack by providing powerful and quick runs throughout the entire game. Greene scored a two-yard touchdown and a 42-yarder to cap off his stellar night. When signal-caller Walker wasn't throwing to his top target McIntosh, he found Hasan Boddie for a 63-yard score. The Salem Seminoles led the Apalachee Wildcats 35-6 at the halftime.
When asked about the game-plan heading into Friday night's victory, Head Coach John Starr stated, "The thing we wanted to do was to play good sound defense and we did that to a degree. We wanted to be able to control the ball and we have to run the football more efficiently then what we did. Overall, I thought we did control pretty good, so we accomplished that task."
Throughout the game, the offense was on cruise control, being able to move the ball with runs up the middle and to the outside, while completing a plethora of passes in different areas of the field. There was no doubting coaches game-plan, as the ‘Noles offensive firepower led the way.
Talking about his top playmaker McIntosh after hauling in over 150 yards and a pair of touchdowns, Coach Starr said, "He did make a couple nice plays, but my standard for him is a little bit higher. We had a chance for him to make a play in the end zone, and he has to make that. If you are a big time player, you got to make big time plays all the time. Even though that may seem unfair, we expect him to make that."
Overall, after not scoring again in the second half, Salem was able to keep the Wildcats from coming back and making the game competitive by winning 35-6. The Seminoles moves to (2-1) while staying unbeaten in Region 8-AAAAA at 2-0. This is the Seminoles best start since 2009.