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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Long drive sparks Indians past Mac

  • The Seneca Indians celebrated homecoming on Friday night by thumping McDonald County 41-14 on Tom Hodge Field at Earl Campbell Stadium.
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  • The Seneca Indians celebrated homecoming on Friday night by thumping McDonald County 41-14 on Tom Hodge Field at Earl Campbell Stadium.
    A pair of second quarter interceptions threatened to give the Mustangs some momentum back after the Indians had gained a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. Despite the Mustangs cashing in on one of those turnovers, the Indians held on the other and they forced the Mustangs to turn it over on downs despite starting the drive at the Seneca 22.
    After a McDonald County score about three minutes before the half, the Indians (2-3) responded with an 80 yard drive that finished in the end zone with 45 ticks left in the first half. That drive sparked a big second half surge for the Indians.
    “We came out in the third quarter and took control,” Indians coach Dan Scheible said. “We scored 14 quick points and just took control of the game.”
    The third quarter made the Indians feel comfortable enough to go to their bench with 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter.
    Indians quarterback Payton Rawlins helped orchestrate the Indians’ scoring drive at the end of the first half.
    He connected with tailback Braxton Graham for a big gain on the drive, a connection that would eventually lead to a touchdown by the duo.
    Rawlins connected on 10 of 15 passes for 176 yards and three touchdowns. Graham caught two passes for 52 yards and a score, but there was plenty more to his night. The junior carried the bulk of the load in the ground attack, rushing 33 times for 176 yards and three touchdowns.
    “I thought the whole game we were controlling the football game,” Scheible said. “Still though, we just seemed a little bit off. Credit Mac County though, they’ve got some pretty good football players. I thought the two interceptions were our low point. You just can’t turn the football over.”
    While there weren’t any excuses after the loss, the Mustangs certainly weren’t helped by a rash of injuries at key spots. They were down two players at the fullback position and lost starting defensive end Mark Hull at halftime.
    Mustangs coach Chris Gwartney said the Indians did surprise them a little on defense.
    “We knew they were a physical football team, but I didn’t realize their team speed was so good on defense. They were quicker and faster than we thought they’d be on that side of the football.”
    Jantsen Lynn scored both touchdowns for the Mustangs.
    McDonald County fell to 0-5 overall.
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