SENECA — The Seneca Indians earned their first victory of the season and opened Big 8 Conference West Division play with a 35-12 win Friday night against the Nevada Tigers at Earl Campbell Stadium.
The Indians scored 28 of their points in the second quarter and their defense held Nevada to a single touchdown until early in the fourth quarter.
With the teams feeling out each other in the first quarter, Seneca running back Trey Wilson edged the Indians closer to breaking on through for the first points with a 13-yard run down to the Nevada 1.
On the first play of the second quarter, Wilson scored on a 1-yard plunge.
Nevada then came as close as they would the rest of the night when Ty Thomas’ screen pass to Jaren Powrie turned into a 76-yard touchdown and a 7-6 game. The Tigers went for the lead and failed on the conversion pass.
A pair of Nevada turnovers produced a 21-6 Seneca edge, with a Wilson 5-yard TD run and an Alex Cook 21-yard TD run producing the points for the Indians.
After Nevada failed to take advantage of a Seneca turnover, the Indians went back to work offensively with a 35-yard pass play from Gavin Clouse — who threw an interception on the previous possession — and, you guessed it, Wilson. Wilson capped off the first half scoring with a 3-yard TD run, an ironic number considering it was his third rushing TD of the night.
Neither team scored in the second half until Clouse hit Daython Long on a scoring pass with 8 minutes, 21 seconds remaining on the clock.
Nevada closed out the scoring on a long touchdown pass from Thomas — making his varsity starting debut at quarterback — to tight end Trey Beachler.
After a pair of losses to open the season against Springfield Catholic and Reeds Spring, the first game in which the defense struggled and the second in which all phases struggled, the Indians got back on track in both phases with a defense producing turnovers that resulted in short fields and eventually points for the offense.
Seneca, 1-2 overall and 1-0 Big 8 West, faces a big challenge in Week 4 against unbeaten Cassville on the road and the Wildcats rolled to 3-0 overall and 1-0 Big 8 after a 49-12 win over Monett in the Barry County Brawl.
The Wildcats and the Indians both play in Class 3, District 6 and currently Cassville leads the way with 51.33 points with Seneca at fifth at 25.67.
Last season, Seneca defeated Cassville 33-14 in Seneca.
Seneca and Cassville have played some great football games over the years.