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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Graham, Rawlins both positives for Indians

  • It’s likely the Seneca Indians won’t see another team as good as they saw in their jamboree on Friday at Cardinal Field at Webb City High School.
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  • It’s likely the Seneca Indians won’t see another team as good as they saw in their jamboree on Friday at Cardinal Field at Webb City High School.
    Facing the defending state-champion Webb City Cardinals, a team that hasn’t lost to a Missouri opponent since 2004, the Indians measured themselves against the Cardinals and Joplin Eagles. Despite being much smaller in numbers, the Indians were able to hold their own, too.
    “It was good,” Indians coach Dan Scheible said. “We made a lot of mistakes. We did some things that were good and we did some things that were not very good, but it was great to get experience against some other competition and great to get it against Webb City and Joplin High, because you’re getting to see some of the best competition in the state. Probably better than we’ll get to see in some time.”
    Scheible came away pleased with offensive holdovers Payton Rawlins and Braxton Graham, both all Big 8 Conference selections a year ago, and center Mac Yust.
    “I thought Payton Rawlins threw the ball very well,” Scheible said. “I thought he did a good job looking at each option with all of the possibilities in the passing game and did a great job.”
    Graham, meanwhile, scored a touchdown on a counter play and helped power the offense behind Rawlins.
    “Braxton Graham did a great job at tailback, and I thought Mac Yust did a good job for us under center,” Scheible said.
    The Indians’ defense also turned in a solid performance as they forced a Joplin turnover at the Indians’ two-yard line and later intercepted the Eagles at the goal line. The Indians also fumbled the ball four times offensively, however, a stat Scheible said must be cleaned up.
    “We had four fumbles,” he said. “Ball security is such a big deal, but I thought we did not do as good a job with ball security as we should have.
    “I thought that defensively we had some real alignment issues and some other stuff, but those are all things we can improve on. It’s just a good thing that it happened in a jamboree instead of versus Carthage on Friday. We competed against two good football teams and came away with no injuries.”
    The Indians open the season at Carthage at 7 p.m. Friday.

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