SPRINGFIELD — Seneca quarterback Gavin Clouse and Springfield Catholic quarterback Tyson Riley entered their senior seasons with a lot of fanfare.
For that matter, the expansion of the Big 8 Conference from eight to 14 created a lot of waves entering the 2018 season.
All of that lived up to the hype in Week 1 as Springfield Catholic earned a 50-42 win Friday night over Seneca in a game dominated by offensive pyrotechnics.
Clouse ran for 267 yards and four touchdowns on 20 carries while throwing for 110 yards on 5 for accuracy. Clouse scored on runs of 3, 80, 1 and 14 yards.
Riley rushed for 268 yards and three scores on 19 carries and completed one pass for 43 yards. Riley opened the scoring with a 1-yard run and closed it out with a 71-yard run. In between, he gashed the Indians for a 78-yard TD run in the second quarter that helped Springfield Catholic go into halftime with a 38-22 advantage.
Meanwhile, for the Indians, Monty Mailes rushed for 98 yards and one TD on 15 carries and Max Wilson added 80 yards on 20 carries. Parker Wolfinbarger finished with two catches for 77 yards.
Seneca scored 20 unanswered points in the second half for a 42-38 lead, but Springfield Catholic punched in the final 12 points.
Seneca, 0-1, brings in Reeds Spring for the home opener in Week 2. The Wolves opened with a 52-32 win over Nevada and outscored the Tigers 32-0 in the third quarter with five TDs.
It could be another shootout for Seneca and Reeds Spring this week at Earl Campbell Stadium.