By Marvin Moore
SEAGOVILLE – Sophomore running back Ronald Manning scored a pair of touchdowns, and Seagoville’s defense pitched their second consecutive shutout to help the Dragons remain unbeaten with a 49-0 victory over the Trimble Tech Bulldogs Friday night at James Ray Henry Memorial Stadium.
Manning, who has already found the end zone five times this season, tallied two one-yard scores while gaining 66 yards on 16 carries.
Seagoville (2-0) put together a 13-play, 56-yard drive on their first possession to take a 6-0 lead. Junior quarterback Eric Singleton found senior receiver Tucker Benway in the end zone for a six-yard touchdown.
Sophomore quarterback Isaiah Gonzalez marched the Dragons 73 yards for their second score. Gonzalez hooked up with senior wideout TreQuan Busby on a 47-yard touchdown strike, and added the two-point conversion with a pass to senior tight end Jayland Gray.
Busby caught his second touchdown of the game, a 56-yarder from Singleton, to push the Dragons’ lead to 21-0. The hometown team added another score from Manning to take a commanding 28-0 advantage at halftime.
The offensive fireworks continued for Coach Andy Gutierrez’ squad on its first possession of the second half. Gonzalez capped a 46-yard drive with a 20-yard scoring toss to Benway to make the score, 35-0.
Singleton scampered 11 yards for another score, and Manning finished off the lopsided win with a one-yard touchdown.
Meanwhile, the Dragons’ defense turned in another dominating outing while limiting the Bulldogs to only seven first downs and 59 total yards.
Gonzalez (6-for-9, 130 yards, 2 TD) and Singleton (5-for-6, 113 yards 2 TD) combined for 243 passing yards and four touchdowns.
Busby caught three passes for 103 yards and two scores, while Benway (2-26-2), Brycen Lewis (2-42), Dalan Ramsey (1-35), and Jayland Gray (1-12) combined to catch six balls for 115 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Seagoville will travel to Wilmer-Hutchins Stadium next Friday to battle the Adamson Leopards (0-2). Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
Marvin “Merv” Moore is an award-winning sports writer who served stints as sports editor and editor-in-chief of the Bethel University student newspaper. A 1984 Seagoville High School graduate, Merv has also coached baseball in Europe and Asia. He can be reached at email@example.com.