SENECA — It’s been said that quarterbacks and head coaches make often tremendous strides during their second season either behind center or on the sideline.

SENECA — It’s been said that quarterbacks and head coaches make often tremendous strides during their second season either behind center or on the sideline.
That definitely held true for Seneca junior quarterback Gavin Clouse during the Indians’ 28-20 win Friday night in the season opener against the Nevada Tigers at Earl Campbell Stadium.
Clouse rushed for nearly 200 yards and he scored three touchdowns, leading the Indians to 21 unanswered points and a victory.
The game did not start out so well for Clouse, at least with his throwing arm, since Nevada intercepted Clouse on both of his first two passes. Tanner Gotschall and Jaren Powrie came up with the interceptions for the Tigers.
Nevada took a 14-0 lead after a Braxton Shadden 65-yard reception and a Shadden 8-yard run.
That’s when Clouse began turning it around, scoring on a 12-yard run with 90 seconds remaining before halftime to halve the Tigers’ lead at intermission.
Clouse’s 64-yard TD run midway through the penultimate quarter made it a 14-13 score.
The Tigers then failed to connect on a fourth-and-long play at the Seneca 39, following a fourth-and-long at the 24 that resulted in senior tight end Hunter Mason being whistled for an offensive pass interference penalty at the goal line.
The Indians gained a 21-14 lead on the next two plays after the turnover on downs, a 61-yard Clouse run and Cole Hatfield’s conversion run.
Nevada made it 21-20 on a Mason 14-yard touchdown reception on a fourth-and-8 play. The Indians denied the Tigers the lead on the conversion attempt.
Trey Wilson’s 1-yard TD run on fourth down with 1:20 remaining sealed the deal for Seneca.
Seneca — 1-0 overall — remains playing outside the Big 8 Conference in Week 2, as the Indians travel approximately three hours to Osage for their game against the School of the Osage. Last season, Osage won 35-19 over Seneca at Earl Campbell. Osage finished 9-2 last season.
School of the Osage opened this season with a 32-26 win over Fulton, prevailing on a scoring play with 18 seconds remaining.