In­di­ans Over­power Mus­tangs 41-13

DESPITE OP­POR­TU­NI­TIES, MCDON­ALD COUNTY COULD NOT GEN­ER­ATE TOUCH­DOWNS

McDonald County Press - - FRONT PAGE - Rick Peck

The Seneca In­di­ans scored touch­downs on their first three pos­ses­sions to build a 22-0 lead on the way to a 41-13 win over the McDon­ald County Mus­tangs on Sept. 1 at Seneca High School.

The Seneca In­di­ans scored touch­downs on their first three pos­ses­sions to build a 22-0 lead on the way to a 41-13 win over the McDon­ald County Mus­tangs on Sept. 1 at Seneca High School.

The In­di­ans used a power run­ning game to churn out 498 yards on the ground, in­clud­ing 201 yards on 16 car­ries by sopho­more Trey Wil­son. The Mus­tangs de­fense came into the game al­low­ing an av­er­age of 115 rush­ing yards a game in its wins over Salem and Marsh­field.

“I didn’t have us ready to go,” said McDon­ald County coach Kellen Hoover. “We didn’t pre­pare like we should have last week. We weren’t ready to win the phys­i­cal bat­tle and that’s kind of what we pride our­selves on. We did have a few op­por­tu­ni­ties in the first half when our de­fense did force some turnovers, but we didn’t cap­i­tal­ize. When you are at their house, you have to take ad­van­tage of those chances and we didn’t do that.”

Seneca started its first pos­ses­sion on its own 12-yard line af­ter forc­ing the Mus­tangs to punt. It took the In­di­ans just eight plays to cover the 88 yards, capped by Wil­son’s 34-yard touch­down run with 6:51 left in the first quar­ter.

Af­ter forc­ing the Mus­tangs to go three and out, Seneca started its sec­ond pos­ses­sion on its 25-yard line. The In­di­ans cov­ered the 75 yards in eight plays with Wil­son scor­ing his sec­ond touch­down from four yards out. The drive was keyed by a 25-yard run by Cole Hat­field on fourth and four from the McDon­ald County 48-yard line.

It took Seneca just a minute and

“The kids are down ob­vi­ously, but it’s our job as coaches to pick them back up. I think the lead­ers of the team try to do that a lit­tle, too. We are all in this to­gether.”

Coach Kellen Hoover, McDon­ald County High School

a half to add to its lead. Wil­son re­cov­ered a McDon­ald County fum­ble on the Mus­tangs 28-yard line and, af­ter a five-yard penalty, the sopho­more scored his third touch­down in the first quar­ter to give Seneca a 22-0 lead with 1:01 left in the pe­riod.

McDon­ald County squan­dered a scor­ing op­por­tu­nity af­ter Seneca took over on its own 20-yard line fol­low­ing a Mus­tangs punt. Cole De­los-San­tos re­cov­ered a fum­ble on Seneca’s first play from scrim­mage, giv­ing McDon­ald County the ball on the Seneca 10-yard line. But Seneca held, tak­ing over on downs at the 13-yard line.

McDon­ald County’s Dy­lan Akins then re­cov­ered a sec­ond fum­ble in con­sec­u­tive plays by the Seneca of­fense, again giv­ing the Mus­tangs the ball at the 10-yard line.

McDon­ald County was able to cap­i­tal­ize on this turnover when Is­r­rael De San­ti­ago scored from three yards out. Dy­lan Al­li­son’s kick cut the lead to 22-7 with 5:36 left in the first half.

Seneca drove nearly the length of the field on its next pos­ses­sion, but the Mus­tangs de­fense held on fourth and six from its own 11-yard line.

But af­ter pick­ing up a first down, the Mus­tangs fum­bled and Seneca re­cov­ered at the McDon­ald County 24-yard line.

Fac­ing a third and three, quar­ter­back Gavin Clouse hit a streak­ing Max Roark down the side­line for a 20-yard touch­down with less than a minute to go in the first half to give Seneca a 28-7 lead at in­ter­mis­sion.

Seneca stretched its lead to 35-7 when Hat­field scored from 39 yards out af­ter McDon­ald County fum­bled on its open­ing pos­ses­sion of the sec­ond half.

McDon­ald County then put to­gether its best drive of the night, march­ing 72 yards in 12 plays capped by Pey­ton Bar­ton’s 29-yard touch­down pass to Oak­ley Roessler that cut the score to 35-13 with 3:44 left in the third quar­ter.

Seneca closed out the scor­ing on Hat­field’s six-yard run that was set up by Wil­son’s 82-yard run.

“We com­peted much bet­ter in the sec­ond half,” Hoover said. “There was just a pe­riod, for what­ever rea­son, com­pe­ti­tion went out of us. I thought we came out af­ter half and fought, but it’s hard to fight back with a team that wants to con­trol the clock like they do. Hats off to Seneca. Their coach (Ryan McFar­land) does a great job get­ting num­bers in cer­tain places and made it tough on our kids.”

McDon­ald County fin­ished with 234 to­tal yards, 134 on the ground. Bar­ton ran for 67 on 16 car­ries to lead the Mus­tangs, while De San­ti­ago added 57 yards on 21 car­ries. Bar­ton com­pleted nine of 22 passes for 100 yards. De­los-San­tos caught four passes for 29 yards to lead the re­ceivers while Kennedy Hod­son had three catches for 18 yards and Roessler had two catches for 53 yards.

Hat­field joined Wil­son in top­ping the 100-yard bar­rier for the In­di­ans, fin­ish­ing with 123 yards on 16 car­ries. Clouse added 36 yards through the air on four of 14 pass­ing.

De­los-San­tos led the tackle chart with 15 while David Roark had 13 and Roessler had 10. Akins, De­los-San­tos and De San­ti­ago added fum­ble re­cov­er­ies.

McDon­ald County, 2-1, con­tin­ues Big 8 Con­fer­ence ac­tion on Sept. 8 at Cassville. Kick­off is at 7 p.m.

“It’s time to get back to work,” Hoover said. “The kids are down ob­vi­ously, but it’s our job as coaches to pick them back up. I think the lead­ers of the team try to do that a lit­tle, too. We are all in this to­gether. We didn’t call a per­fect game as coaches. All of us have to get a week bet­ter this week as we go into Cassville, another good team we go on the road for. We are up to the chal­lenge, but we have to have a great week of prepa­ra­tion.”

RICK PECK/MCDON­ALD COUNTY PRESS

McDon­ald County’s David Roark (11) and Nolan Baisch (73) team up to stop Seneca’s Trey Wil­son dur­ing the In­di­ans’ 41-13 win on Sept. 1 at Seneca High School.

RICK PECK/MCDON­ALD COUNTY PRESS

McDon­ald County full­back Tim­ber Bow­ers gets stopped for a short gain dur­ing the Mus­tangs’ 41-13 loss to Seneca on Sept. 1 at Seneca High School.

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