The Riviera Seahawks (1-2) were down early to the Charlotte Trojans (2-1) and were unable to recover, despite a comeback effort in the second half of the game and lost, 21-12.
The Seahawks gave up three touchdowns to start the contest and trailed 21-0 heading to the locker room at halftime.
Riviera was able to put points on the board in the third quarter, when Noah Garcia had an interception return for a touchdown.
The Seahawks’ lone scoring drive was a 10-play, 62-yard drive capped off by a 10-yard touchdown pass from Esteban Garcia to Adrian Lopez.
Esteban Garcia was 10-17 with one touchdown pass, and Robert Mayo led the way for the rushing attack with 16 carries for 75-yards.
After starting slowly in three straight games, Seahawks Coach Nathan Borden said his team has to play hard from the opening kickoff if they want to win more games.
“We need to come out in the first half with the same intensity that we did the second half (last week),” Borden said. “We have yet to start a game very strong. That is a goal (this week).”
Up next for the Seahawks is a game against Skidmore-Tynan, who is coming off a shutout victory over Benavides, 41-0.
The Bobcats scored five total touchdowns in the first half of their game last week, so controlling the tempo of the game will be a point of focus for the Seahawks this week, Borden said.
“We need to do a better job of possessing the ball longer, which in turn limits their opportunities,” Borden added. “(We have to) keep our offensive drives alive any way we can.”
On two separate occasions, the Bobcats have flashed weaknesses by giving up more than 200-yards rushing to John Paul II in Week 2 and giving up more than 150-yards passing in Week 1.
Borden said the flow of the offense will determine whether they decide to stick with the running or passing offense in-game.
“Offensively, we are going to take what the defense gives us,” Borden said. “That is what our offense is based on, so it could be either way.”
The Seahawks look forward to facing Skidmore-Tynan on the road, with a game time of 7 p.m.