SENECA-WAUZEKA-STEUBEN - Things did not start well for the Seneca-Wauzeka-Steuben football team, when they hosted Wonewoc-Center-Weston Friday night for the Seneca Homecoming Game.
WCW wasted no time putting two touchdowns on the board.
The first score came on a one-yard run by quarterback Hunter Schmitt. Then, WCW followed that with a 23-yard pass play from Schmitt to Kaden Sprotte. WCW missed an extra point attempt after the first touchdown and failed on a two-point conversion after the second touchdown, but held a 12-0 lead in the first quarter.
That’s when SWS found another gear and things changed in a hurry.
The Blue-Golds got back on track with 56-yard pass play from senior quarterback Carter Lomas to sophomore receiver Ashton Swanson. With the extra point by Lomas, it was WCW-12 SWS-7.
The Blue Golds followed up with another touchdown pass. This time, Lomas hooked up with senior Hunter Aspenson for a 66-yard pass play. SWS took a 14-12 lead on the Lomas extra point.
The Blue-Golds weren’t done. Ethan Karnopp scored on a four-yard run and with the extra point, SWS led 21-12, when the first quarter ended.
SWS had a lot more in the tank.
The Blue-Golds’ Gavin Ralph put the first score of the second quarter on the board, when caught a pass from Lomas for a 51-yrd touchdown. With the extra point, it was 28-12.
Then, it was Hunter Aspenson’s turn again. This time, the athletic senior ran for 55 yards. With the extra point, SWS took a 25-12 lead.
The final score of first half came on a 50-yard pass play from Lomas to Ralph. With the extra point, it was SWS-42 WCW-12 at the half.
In the third quarter, Swanson returned to score a touchdown on a 57-yard pass play from Lomas. With the extra point, it was 49-12.
Swanson also had the final score for SWS in the fourth quarter on a 43-yard run. The Blue-Golds followed that touchdown with a successful two-point conversion. The score was 57-12.
WCW then connected on two long pass plays from Hunter Schmitt to Brady McGlynn. The first was for 67 yards and with the extra point made the score 57-19
The final score of the game was 44-yard touchdown pass from Schmitt to McGlynn. WCW missed the extra point and the game ended with the final score SWS-57 WCW-25.
For the game, WCW had 10 first downs and SWS had nine.
WCW rushed 27 times for a total of just 44 yards. The Blue-Golds ran the ball 22 times for 94 yards–that included Aspenson's 55-yard touchdown run and Swanson’s 43-yard touchdown run.
SWS quarterback Carter Lomas had a grand day passing, as he went 7-12 for 312 yards and five touchdowns with one interception.
WCW’s Schmitt was 9-26 for 212 yards and three touchdowns and two interceptions. WCW’s Mike Severson completed two more passes for another 44 yards.
Gavin Ralph finished the game, catching three passes for a total of 129 yards and two touchdowns, while Ashton Swanson caught two touchdown passes for a total of 113 yards.
WCW receiver Brady McGlynn caught four passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns, while Kaden Sprotte caught four passes for 73 yards and one touchdown.
Seneca-Wauzeka-Steuben head football coach Justin Goodrich was pretty happy with the outcome.
“After midway through the first quarter, we settled down and played a good game,” Goodrich explained. “The offensive line did a great job of pass protecting. This allowed Carter Lomas ample time to throw and he had a great night passing.
“The receivers did a great job of beating their man down field and making big plays for touchdowns,” Goodrich noted. “I was very pleased with the blocking down field as well.“Defensively, we stopped the run very well and forced them to pass,” Goodrich said. “We put a lot of pressure on their quarterback and we were able to come away with three interceptions.”