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Seneca loses to Stephens County

SENECA — After weathering a long rain delay, the Seneca football team still saw plenty of lightning in the form of Stephens County tailback Tauren Poole as the Indians bested the hometown Bobcats by a final score of 34-20 Friday night.

Poole, who has a soft verbal commitment to the University of Tennessee, sliced the Seneca defense for 258 yards and four touchdowns after a rain delay pushed the scheduled start time of 7:30 p.m. back to 8:45 p.m.

Seneca (0-2) showed some promise on offense during the loss, as tailback C.J. Washington came alive in the second half to total 155 yards on the evening, including a 71-yard touchdown rumble in the third quarter.

Bobcats’ quarterback Joel Smith also shined, as he completed 10 passes for 79 yards, almost all of which came as he rolled out of the pocket.

Stephens County (1-0) got out to an early lead thanks to a pair of touchdowns by Poole, who was largely held in check during the first half. Handing off to him was Dacen Cash, who started in place of returning starter Ethan Martin, who missed the first week of practice to play in an all-star baseball game.

After Smith ran in a two-yard touchdown at the end of the second quarter, the Bobcats got another score from Washington to open the scoring in the third quarter.

However, Poole quickly answered back, making the most impressive play of the night with a 58-yard touchdown, where he was nearly on the ground and shedded a number of Bobcats tackles on his way to paydirt.

Not to be outdone, Williams answered back for the Bobcats only two plays later with his 71-yard scamper, which tied the score at 20-20.

However, that marked the end of the Bobcat’s offensive output for the night, and the Indians let Poole run wild for the rest of the game, as he tagged on a 50-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter to put Stephens County ahead for good.

Though they struggled with Poole, the Bobcats got the offensive output from both the passing and rushing attacks, which they have sought since last season. The throws on the run by Smith were exactly what Seneca had wanted out of the senior quarterback, who missed most of last season due to a broken leg.

The defense struggled for the second week in a row with their missed tackles, as Poole broke a number of tackles on the evening. However, the pass defense was solid, and senior Austin Wald was able to intercept a Stephens County pass deep in Bobcat territory.

Following the loss, the Bobcats will now prepare for another non-region game against the West-Oak Warriors. The Warriors are also winless on the season, and have not beaten the Bobcats in nearly 20 years.

The cross-county rivalry game is scheduled to kickoff next Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Bobcat Stadium in Seneca.

Stephens County 7 6 7 14 34

Seneca 0 6 14 0 20

First Quarter

SCO- Poole 5 yard run (Seib kick) 5:37

Second Quarter

SCO- Poole 8 yard run (Seib kick failed) 6:38

SHS- Smith 2 yard run (Rothell kick failed) 1:08

Third Quarter

SHS- Washington 2 yard run (Rothell kick) 7:13

SCO- Poole 58 yard run (Seib kick) 6:17

SHS- Washington 71 yard run (Rothell kick) 5:23

Fourth Quarter

SCO- Poole 50 yard run (Seib kick) 10:25

SCO- Martin 12 yard pass from Cash (Seib kick) 4:10

Stephens County Seneca

First Downs 11 12

Rushes-Yards 36-301 37-243

Passing Yards 87 79

Comp-Att-Int 8-16-1 10-20-1

Punts 2-61 3-88

Fumbles-lost 2-0 1-0

Penalties-yards 10-67 4-35

Rushing—Stephens County, Poole 29-258, Royston 2-8, J. Cunningham 2-7, Watts 2-7, Cash 1-12, Burtch 1-2. 2-1. Seneca, Washington 17-155, Bradley 12-77, Smith 8-11.

Passing¬¬—Stephens County, Cash 7-12-1 88, Martin 1-4- (-1). Seneca, Smith 10-18-1-79, McNeely 0-1-0, Pate 0-1-0.

Receiving—Stephens County, Whitfield 2-22, Keith 2-18, Poole 1-18, Burtch 1-12, Martin 1-12, Fisher 1-7. Seneca, Williams 5-31, Pate 2-30, Beitz 2-2, Mayes 1-16.