MERIDIAN — Southeast 30, Newton 14
Southeast Lauderdale started the 2013 season on a positive note, defeating Newton 30-14 on the road Friday night.
After a scoreless first quarter Andrew Brenard connected on a 30-yard field goal to give Southeast a 3-0 lead.
Later in the quarter, senior Jarrett Jenkins returned an interception 40 yards for a score to put Southeast up 10-0 at the half.
Damion Willis would help add to the lead in the second half, as quarterback Takari Brooks found him for touchdowns from 70 and 30 yards out. Jacoby Wilson also added a touchdown, returning a fumble 30 yards after Padarius Martin poked it free.
"I thought we played really hard," Southeast head coach Charles Black said. "I was really proud of our effort, because we have had some adversity lately. We have had some players injured, but our kids rallied around each other and did what it took."
Southeast will travel to Newton County for Game 2 of the season while Newton will host Raleigh on Friday night.
Quitman 8, Clarkdale 1
The Bulldogs dropped to 2-3 on the season after losing 8-1 to Quitman on Saturday afternoon.
Clarkdale rallied for six hits but was only able to plate one run, coming in the sixth inning. Heather Harwell scored on a sac-fly by Alex Riser.
Head coach Britt Bennett said he needs the time to start hitting to mount a season turnaround.
"We're just not hitting right now," he said. "We're not hitting in bunches, not hitting for extra bases. We're getting a lot of singles but not putting them together."
Hitting in the two hole, Makayla Roberts was the only Bulldog to have a multi-hit day, going two for three.
He said the lack of cluster hitting wasn't the only struggle. The defense has been committing costly fielding errors behind veteran pitcher Molly McLeod.
"We seem to fall apart for an inning or two every game right now," Bennett said. "We're going to have to clean that up if we're going to win any games."
The Bulldogs will return to action when they host West Lauderdale on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.