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August 23, 2010
Southeast Lauderdale High School

By Brian Livingston / blivingston@themeridianstar.com

Southeast Lauderdale tailback Ladarious Clark helped to open the Tigers season in a big way as he raced for 167 yards and three touchdowns during the Tigers 33-10 opening win against Scott Central in Vimville.

    "This is the first season opener we've won in over a decade," said Southeast Lauderdale head coach Boo Smith. "To say we feel good about that is an understatement."

    Clark scored on runs of 68, 41 and 4 yards during the contest.

    Spotting the Rebels a field goal in the first quarter, Clark took the handoff from quarterback Shelby Moseley with 10 minutes left in the half and hit a huge hole on the right side to cover the 41 yards and give the Tigers their first touchdown of the season. Steven Clark's PAT was no good but Southeast had gained the momentum.

    On the next Rebel possession, the Tiger defense showed its claws as senior defensive ends Dericus Horner and Keano Marshall helped to shut down the Scott Central offense. A poor punt set the Tigers up at the Rebel 30 yard line. From there Moseley led the Tigers down to the 10 but the drive seemed to falter.

    On fourth-and-goal, Smith called on Moseley, who was 6-of-8 passing for 62 yards, to use his arm. The senior quarterback did just that by slinging a strike to the back of the endzone where wideout Nathan Freeze had to use all of his 6-foot-5 frame to pull in the touchdown over a defender. The PAT was again no good, but Southeast led 12-6 with seven minutes left in the half.

    Freeze had three receptions for 40 yards and the touchdown on the night.

    Scott Central would pull to within two after a 5-yard touchdown run but on the next play from scrimmage for the Tigers, Clark would strike again.

    Taking the handoff, Clark again slid in behind his fullback and pulling guard who blasted a gaping hole along the left side of the Rebel defense. Clark also broke at least three tackles downfield and then hit a third gear in outracing the Rebel defense 68 yards to the score. Steven Clark's PAT this time was good and Southeast had built a 19-10 lead going into halftime.

    Neither team could get untracked in the third quarter but with 7:18 left in the fourth, Ladarius Clark would take a pitch from Moseley and scamper untouched 4 yards for his third touchdown of the night. Steven Clark would add the PAT and the Tiger lead grew to 26-10.

    Sophomore quarterback Andrew Black would tack on the final score minutes later with a 15-yard quarterback draw that surprised the Rebel defense. Steven Clark's PAT would split the uprights again for the final 33-10.

    The Tiger defense held Scott Central to 110 yards passing and 72 yards rushing while forcing an interception and three fumbles.

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