Things didn’t get any easier for the Seneca Indian football team last Friday, when they hosted a strong Ithaca Bulldog team—eventually losing by the score of 46-14.
The Bulldogs wasted no time in putting points on the board and built a 34-0 lead in the first quarter. Ithaca added 12 more points in the second quarter to take a 46-0 lead in the locker room at halftime. The Bulldogs did not score in the second half.
Seneca coach Justin Goodrich acknowledged later that the Indians were overpowered by the Bulldogs.
“Ithaca scored quite a lot and forced turnovers that we were not able to overcome,” Goodrich said.
Seneca committed five turnovers in the game, including one fumble and four interceptions.
The Indians finally got on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter, when quarterback Brady Fernette took off on a 75-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion failed and the Indians trailed the Bulldogs 46-6.
Seneca scored again in the fourth quarter, when Fernette threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Eric Konichek. With a successful two-point conversion, the score was 46-14.
For the game, Ithaca recorded 17 first downs, while rushing for 255 yards on 39 carries. They were just 2-3 passing for a net total of just three yards. Ithaca also turned the ball over twice on fumbles and was penalized 45 yards on seven penalties.
Seneca recorded just two first downs in the game, while rushing for 86 yards on 17 carries and passing for another 38 yards. Fernette was 5-12 passing with four interceptions. The Indians lost one fumble and were penalized 30 yards on three penalties.
Seneca will travel to Wauzeka this Friday, Sept. 12 to take on the Hornets. The kickoff is at 7 p.m. When it’s over, one team will have its first win of the season. Wauzeka-Steuben, like Seneca, is 0-1 in conference play and 0-3 overall.