SENECA – WAUZEKA- STEUBEN - It was a hard-fought football game between two good teams last Friday night in Seneca, when Seneca-Wauzeka-Steuben Blue-Golds hosted the Cashton Eagles.
The first quarter was a defensive struggle that ended in a 0-0 score.
Cashton finally mounted an offensive drive midway through the second quarter, but that came close to stalling out in the shadow of the goal post.
The Eagles had a running play that Seneca-Wauzeka-Steuben stopped at the two- or three-yard line. However, on the next three plays, the Blue-Golds defense stopped Cashton for no-gain or a loss of yardage.
Eventually, Cashton faced fourth-and-goal from the eight-yard line. Eagle quarterback Jacob Huntzicker threw a pass that was tipped by a Blue-Golds’ player, but it was still caught in the end zone by Cashton’s Lincoln Klinge for a touchdown.
The Blue Golds wasted no time in responding with a 20-yard touchdown pass of their own from SWS quarterback Evan Payne to Brennan Wallin. The two-point conversion failed and the score was 7-6 going into halftime.
A scoreless third quarter ensued, as two tough defenses shut down the scoring.
In the fourth quarter, the Eagles got into the red zone again. And this time, Eagle quarterback Jacob Huntzicker again found Lincoln Klinge on a six-yard pass that was well defended. Klinge scooped the ball off the grass for a catch.
An SWS drive stalled out near midfield on two incomplete passes and the Blue Golds turned the ball over on downs.
“It was a very physical game with both teams playing solid defense,” SWS head coach Justin Goodrich said later. “Cashton had better field position than we did throughout the game.”
For the game, Cashton had eight first downs and SWS had just three.
Cashton rushed for 105 yards on 47 attempts and SWS gained 65 yards rushing on 29 attempts.
Cashton quarterback Jacob Huntzicker was 4-11 passing for 56 yards for two touchdowns with one interception. SWS quarterback Evan Payne was 1-10 passing for 20 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions.
Both teams lost two fumbles.
Cashton had two penalties for a total of 15 yards, while SWS had six penalties for 40 yards.
Cashton was led in rushing by Colin O’Neal who gained 79 yards on 33 carries, while the top rusher for SWS was Ethan Karnopp, who gained 33 yards on 12 carries.The Blue Golds will be on the road Friday, April 16 to play against Necedah.