ELGIN - Some nights are just your night and Seneca Coleman and his Elgin teammates proved that against Blanchard on Friday night. The No. 2 ranked Lions traveled to Elgin to take on the Owls on Friday, Sept. 6, and Elgin took the fight to the Lions early and earned a 35-20 victory.
Seneca Coleman played a large part in the victory, scoring two rushing touchdowns and another touchdown on a scoop-and-score. He raced 42 yards to put Elgin up 7-0 early in the first quarter. Seneca collected another fumble recovery and an interception to top off his night. The scoring had just begun, as Seneca upped the score late in the first quarter on a one-yard run, making it 14-0 Elgin at that point.
Blanchard was not going to lay down and go away, as Blanchard’s Whit Carpenter returned the ensuing kickoff 88 yards to make the score 14-7 late in the first quarter. Elgin’s Jeremy Stone answered Blanchard’s kickoff return with one of his own, racing 81 yards to pay dirt to put Elgin up 21-7. Blanchard would give up two more points to end the quarter as the Lions snapped the ball out of the back of the endzone. The first quarter ended with Elgin leading 23-7.
The scoring settled down in the second quarter, but Elgin did tack on another touchdown as Seneca’s second touchdown came during the second quarter. Elgin took a 29-7 lead in the locker room at halftime. Blanchard made an attempt to get back in the ballgame in the third quarter, as Bryce Madron had touchdown runs of 71 and 43 yards to get the Lions close at 29-20. Issiah Wolf scored with 4:31 left in the fourth quarter to arrange the final score of 35-20.
Coach Wyatt was pleased the Owls found a way to win. “We harped all week that it would take four quarters. These guys earned that win. It wasn’t our best effort, by far, but we found a way to win and that is what I am most proud of. "It is better to be 1-0 than 0-1. Coach Wyatt said. “I felt our effort was there all night, but we have to get used to games again with our conditioning and our personnel. We will have our work cut out for us each week.”
Seneca was the workhorse on offense carrying the ball 23 times for 98 yards rushing. Quarterback Dalton Landers completed eight passes on 17 attempts for 128 yards. Elgin welcomes the Duncan Demons into town on Friday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m.