Problems that plagued the Seneca High School football squad the first time they played Aurora back in September returned to haunt them again Friday night.
The Indians fell to the Houn’ Dawgs 27-6 in a Class 3 District 4 opener.
Seneca head coach Dan Scheible said his defense played three good quarters on Friday, but the offense was somewhat lacking. The only score of the game for Seneca came on a fumble recovery return by Jacob Walker in the first half of the game, Scheible said.
“We didn’t really have one single play we consistently gained yardage on,” Scheible said. “Usually in a game, you have one or two plays you can get positive yardage on. We didn’t really have a series or a play that was very productive for us offensively.”
Throughout the season, Scheible has been shy to use the term “rebuilding year” in speaking about his squad. Instead, he has said the squad was young and inexperienced. However, now with 2014 under their belts, he looks forward to a more seasoned squad next fall.
“I think there is no substitute for experience, anywhere, anyhow,” he said.
One of the players gaining much needed experience this past season was sophomore quarterback Derek Burr.
“That quarterback position is so important,” he said. “You’ve got to have experience.”
Over the winter and next spring, Scheible advised his team to do more strength training. But there was one instruction even more important than becoming stronger, the coach said.
“I think the thing they’ve got to do is compete in other sports,” he said. “Basketball, baseball, wrestling. It helps them and it also helps Seneca. I think the kids need to stay as competitive in other sports as they possibly can.”