Seitz, No. 9 Bulldogs’ defense dog T-Birds

South Callaway head coach Tim Rulo (above) proudly displays the Callaway Cup trophy for the Bulldogs’ players and fans after Friday night’s 28-0 win over North Callaway at Kingdom City. South Callaway senior receiver-free safety Ben Seitz (right) tries to free himself from the grasp of North Callaway junior linebacker Ryan Pezold.

South Callaway head coach Tim Rulo (above) proudly displays the Callaway Cup trophy for the Bulldogs’ players and fans after Friday night’s 28-0 win over North Callaway at Kingdom City. South Callaway senior receiver-free safety Ben Seitz (right) tries to free himself from the grasp of North Callaway junior linebacker Ryan Pezold. Dak Dillon/FULTON SUN photos

KINGDOM CITY — South Callaway’s swift and sassy defense, sparked by Ben Seitz, allowed the state-ranked Bulldogs to start a streak in the Callaway Cup rivalry with the North Callaway Thunderbirds.

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South Callaway senior receiver-free safety Ben Seitz tries to free himself from the grasp of North Callaway junior linebacker Ryan Pezold.

South Callaway’s free safety produced a pair of fourth-quarter interceptions that tipped the momentum in Friday night’s county confrontation with the North Callaway Thunderbirds. With the Bulldogs protecting a 7-0 lead early in the fourth quarter, Seitz doused North Callaway’s chance to pull even when he picked off Thunderbirds junior quarterback Jake Haubner near the goal line.

After the Bulldogs’ lead blossomed to 21-0, Seitz struck again on defense. He plucked a Haubner pass out of the air near the North Callaway sideline and sailed 48 yards for a touchdown with 4:03 to play, putting the finishing touches on South Callaway’s 28-0 win over the Thunderbirds.

“(Seitz’s first interception) was a huge turning point; he was able to make a great play,” Bulldogs head coach Tim Rulo said. “The last (interception) was just kind of sealing the deal and putting an exclamation point on the win.

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