Armed with a powerful offense, there was nothing the Mount Vernon Mountaineers could do to slow Seneca’s attack on Friday.
The Indians did pretty much whatever they wanted, whenever they wanted to do it. They dominated in all facets of the game and won 42-6.
After throwing the ball with success in the early going, the Indians built a 21-0 lead and then leaned on the legs of senior running back Braxton Graham. All he did was turn in video game numbers of 277 yards rushing and five touchdowns.
The Indians made it look easy. Earlier in the week they made some adjustments to their offensive line, inserting Brent Hill as a starter at right tackle and Jeff Butler at right guard. The moves paid off.
“It was a good win for us,” Seneca coach Dan Scheible said. “I thought our offensive line, especially the right side, played about as well as they’ve played all year. That’s a change up from where we have been, and they played well.”
Rawlins got things going early for the Indians when he hit senior receiver Chance Smith on a six-yard pass to make it 7-0 with 9:39 left in the first quarter. He later connected with Graham on a 45-yard screen pass to make it 14-0 late in the first, before finding Smith again on a 35-yard strike to make it 21-0 with 11:09 to go in the second quarter.
Graham then took over and ripped off touchdown runs of 40, 55 and 65 yards.
“Braxton had a huge game,” Scheible said. “Payton threw the ball well, too, but we didn’t really need to do that a whole lot.”
The Indians led 35-0 at halftime, so the turbo clock ran the entirety of the second half. That meant the Indians only ran six offensive plays after halftime, and one of those turned into Graham’s 65-yard scamper. Mount Vernon added a late touchdown in the second half.
The Indians managed to play the remainder of the game with backups in the game, meaning their entire starting corps should be healthy when they entertain Carl Junction (5-1), who defeated Lamar in dramatic fashion on Friday, at Tom Hodge Field this week in a game that could have big implications in the Big 8 Conference race.
“We’re healthy,” Scheible said. “That was my main concern. We made it through the game healthy, finished the game with the whole jayvee defense in there. We’re ready to go.”
Friday’s game is slated for 7 p.m.