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Seneca East Preparing for the Season

Seneca East has put together a solid football program and wisdom says the Tigers should be pretty good this season too.

They open the campaign next Thursday night at Bellevue against the Margaretta Polar Bears. It was supposed to be Margaretta’s home game, but the Bears stadium is still under repair after a weather event last year.

Tigers coach Ed Phillips says he is especially happy with his offensive line and the depth his team has. “I think our depth in our line. You can never have too many linemen. Really our competitiveness and depth. As a football team in a small division six school I am really pleased with that and our kids have competed and the number of guys I can put out there Friday night and have confidence in,” he said.

When it comes to things that need to improve, Phillips says most notably their tackling and their communication. “We need to tackle better. We need to improve that. We scrimmaged a couple of good teams in Hopewell-Loudon and Gibsonburg in our first scrimmage. We need to polish up some things. Mainly it’s communication. Things we hadn’t had trouble with in practice. We got out against a couple of new and different teams and different stuff that we hadn’t seen before and just didn’t communicate with some of our coverages as well as what we needed to,” said Phillips.

With the game next week on Thursday, Phillips says they aren’t wasting any time getting ready for the Polar Bears. “We actually did a little bit (Tuesday) for Margretta because it is a little different playing on Thursday night next week. So, I wanted to make sure we didn’t put ourselves behind the eight ball because it is a day earlier. I think we have put ourselves were we are plus two or three days here for our preparation,” he told Swamkonsports.com on Tuesday, “We have Monroeville for a preview Friday and week one takes priority over that. Plus, Monroeville does a lot of things similar to what we do in terms of their defense. So, we have kind of played against our own defense all summer so our line is prepared for that. I think when you are preparing for somebody going in one of the biggest things you have to do is what they do differently defensively than what you see on a normal basis. That helps a lot having them as our preview being a little familiar with the fronts and schemes they will play.”

Published 8/15/18

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Plymouth Blanks Seneca East in District Semifinal

Treven Lane tossed a five hit shutout and Plymouth beat Seneca East (5-0) on Wednesday afternoon in a division four district semifinal in Galion.

They play South Central on Friday for a district title. The Trojans beat Mohawk (6-1) in the other semifinal.

Lane did not allow a runner past second base and four of the five hits came over the last two innings. “He threw 73 pitches in seven innings, 10 and change an inning. I was incredible. That might have been the best high school pitched game I have every seen. I know through six innings he had only thrown 10 balls. He was on (Wednesday,)” said first year Plymouth baseball coach Jake Strayer.

Lane did not have a three ball count to any hitter all day. Strayer says he was in total command. “That is what we have been preaching all year long. Strike one, get ahead. Strike one, get away. Battle from in front, don’t battle from behind,” he told Swankonsports.com after the game, “He did that (Wednesday.) He came in with a laser focus. I was at school (Wednesday) and came in and was focused.”

Seneca East coach Rick Bowerman says Lane kept them guessing at the plate. “Their pitcher did a good job of keeping us off balance. He got ahead in the count early on. He never threw the ball down the middle of the plate. He was throwing an off speed pitch. He would be down 2-0 and needing a strike and he was throwing it on the outside corner at the knees. He did a great job pitching. There at the end we get a little too big of a lead and they do a nice job throwing behind the runner,” said Bowerman.

Plymouth tallied three runs in the top of the first off Seneca East starter Jake Hall. Walker Elliot singled to open the game, Marcus Adams walked, Seth Bailey was hit by a pitch and then Lane helped himself with a two run single. Another run scored on a groundout.

Bowerman says it was a tough way to start the game. “Our pitcher Jake Hall has been fabulous all year. (Wednesday) he just wasn’t sharp. He had a bad first inning, a base hit, walk a batter, hit a batter. Other than that the double he gave up to Bailey. He hung a curveball right in the middle of the plate, but besides that he battled. That’s baseball our offense just wasn’t there,” he said.

Plymouth added two more on RBI double by Bailey in fifth. He later scored on a wild pitch.

Strayer says they have been talking to the kids about getting off to a good start. “That is another thing we have worked on all year long is coming out strong. Starting strong and jumping on the pedal early and not letting up. We have gotten better with that as the year has gone on. (Wednesday) is the best game we have played all year. Hopefully, we keep rolling into Friday playing like that,” he said.

Published 5/17/18

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Seneca East Gets Piece of “N10” Title

Bo Smith lead Seneca East past Upper Sandusky (4-1) on Monday evening and the Tigers earn a share of the Northern 10 Athletic Conference title with Carey in the process.

Coach Rick Bowerman says they had to work hard to get it. “Starting last Monday with the Carey game we knew we had a tough road ahead of us. Carey is an awesome team and we played very well to beat them 3-0. Then we had a sectional final game in there, then two with Ridgedale, which is a very good team, their coach is doing good things there and they gave us all we could handle,” he told Swankonsports.com on Monday after the win, “Then (Monday) night Upper is always a strong team. We just came out and did what we had to do. Our motto all year has been pitching and good defense. We don’t score a lot of runs. We score enough to win games and that is what we did (Monday) night.”

Bowerman says they gave the ball to senior Bo Smith and he tuned in a tremendous performance. “Our pitcher Bo Smith earned his tenth win of the season (Monday) night. He is a senior and that is who we want on the mound in a game like that, a conference championship and he as up to the task. Our defense came through and we did enough offensively to get the win,” he said.

Seneca East only had five hits, but they also made use of four Upper Sandusky errors. Scoring once in the first and three more on the third.

In a 27 game regular season, and most teams are going to play that many this season due to the weather, it is hard to get 10 wins, but Bowerman says Smith has been very focused and ready each time out, no matter the situation. “Very seldom do you get 10 wins. He has done an outstanding job. His only defeat was to an undefeated Carey team. He gave up zero earned runs. We had a couple of boo boos and lost 3-2 in eight innings. He has a great attitude, so when things are going bad or things are not going quite our way he doesn’t pout. He is a great senior leader and I just couldn’t be more happy for that kid,” said Bowerman.

Seneca East (20-3), #4 in the final Swankonsports.com baseball coaches poll in the small school division, plays Plymouth in the division four district semifinals on Wednesday at Galion High School. Bowerman says they played the Big Red a couple of weeks ago and they know what they are up against. “We played Plymouth early in a non-league game and beat them 5-1, but both teams weren’t playing their number one players. It was a non-league game, so we were playing some subs. They are a very good team. They hit the ball and we are going to get good pitching. It is going to be a battle, that’s for sure,” he said.

Published 5/15/18

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Seneca East Back in First Place

After a tough, eight inning loss to Carey (3-2) on Friday, the Seneca East Tigers bounced back and downed the Blue Devils (3-0) on Monday to move back into a first place tie with Carey.

Carey (20-1,16-0), #1 in the Swankonsports.com baseball coaches poll in the small school division, is finished with conference play, but the Tigers (16-3,12-1), #4 in our poll, still must play Upper Sandusky and Ridgedale twice in “N10” games.

On Monday, the Tigers really played well, beginning with starter Jake Hall, who allowed only two hits, while striking out nine and walking just two in going the distance for Seneca East, according to coach Rick Bowerman. “Everybody played well (Monday) night. Jake Hall, our pitcher, threw a gem of a game. He gave up two hits and no runs. We had no errors on defense,” he told Swankonsports.com after the win, “We pushed three across in the second inning. I think it was huge scoring early like that. I think Carey knew they were in for a dogfight. When you get three runs early on I think the other team kind of presses a little bit and it really played to our advantage.”

Rickie Lacy’s two run single highlighted a three run Seneca East second inning and that was all of the scoring there would be in this one.

A key start for Bowerman was the fact that his team had no errors on Monday. Plus, he says Hall’s location was outstanding. “We executed and we played great defense. Jake Hall executed some fantastic pitches. It was one of those nights whenever we called a pitch, the location, that’s where he threw it. He did a great job,” said Bowerman.

They had allowed three unearned runs due to four errors in the loss to Carey last Friday.

The Seneca East coach says May is when you want to be at your best. “This is the time. Everybody wants their team to peak at the right time. Hopefully we are staring peak right now,” he said.

Published 5/08/18

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Seneca East with Dramatic Rally to beat Mohawk

Seneca East scored three times in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat Mohawk (6-5) and remain in a share of first place with Carey in the Northern 10 Athletic Conference.

It was (4-3) Mohawk going to the seventh inning and that is when things got interesting.

Coach Rick Bowerman says some mistakes led to a Mohawk run and a two run lead for the Warriors. “It was kind of wild. In the top of the seventh Mohawk scores an unearned run. We get two outs and get a strike three called in the dirt and our catcher lobs the ball to first base over the first baseman’s head and allows a run to score. So, that give Mohawk a 5-3 lead,” he said.

But, in the bottom of the seventh the Tigers (14-2,11-0), #4 in the Swankonsports.com baseball coaches poll in the small school division, got busy.

It began with a solo home run by Kainon Ruffing to make it (5-4) Mohawk. Catcher Rickie Lacy tied it with an RBI single and Brandon Best won it with a game winning single.

Bowerman fills in the details. “After an out in the bottom of the seventh my leadoff hitter hits a home run. Then we get a walk and a stolen base from my number two hitter. Then my catcher is up that has three errors on the day, so he is struggling, and he gets a base hit the score the runner from second to tie the game, which was huge,” he told Swankonsports.com after the win, “Then we get runners on second and third and there is an intentional walk to load the bases. We are going to squeeze and they do a nice job of throwing a pitch high and away and our guy doesn’t get the bunt down and we are out at the plate. So, in the middle of the at bat I switch hitters. I put my normal hitter in for him with a 1-1 count. The senior Brandon Best the first pitch he sees he laces a line drive to right field to score the winning run.”

Bowerman says their defense was really shaky, but they were able to come through. “Our defense was a little lax (Tuesday) night. I think we had six errors. We weren’t sharp on defense, but just the way we battled through adversity and didn’t hang our heads. Had that never give up attitude and came back and got the win. So, I am very proud of our boys,” he said.

It just might come down to a two game series between the Tigers and Carey (18-0,13-0), #1 in our poll for the conference title. Bowerman says there is a lot of baseball to play. “We still have a big week coming up with Upper on Thursday and Carey on Friday and the following Monday. We are right were we want to be. We are in position to win the title. The cards are in our hands. If we play our cards right we will be in good shape,” said Bowerman.

Published 5/02/18

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Smith Strikes Out 16 in Seneca East Win

Seneca East maintained a share of the Northern 10 Athletic Conference lead with a (2-0) win at Mohawk in league play on Monday evening.

Carey downed Buckeye Central (7-2) to keep its share of first place.

Bo Smith had the Warriors headed back to the dugout with their heads down a lot on Monday.

Coach Rick Bowerman says he had good stuff. “Our pitcher Bo Smith came up clutch. He threw a complete game, no runs, he struck out 16 and walked one batter. They had seven hits, four of those were infield hits,” he told Swankonsports.com after the win, “Anytime he got guys on base he bore down and got out of it. I could not be more happy with him than I am right now.”

Smith gave up some hits, but Bowerman says he made some big pitchers too. “That is what Bo did (Monday) night. When he got runners on base he bore down. He made some big time pitches (Monday) night and that is what you want your senior varsity pitcher to do. He really stepped up,” he said.

Seneca East (11-2,8-0), #5 in the Swankonsports.com baseball coaches poll in the small school division, plays at home against Upper Sandusky (8-7,5-4) on Tuesday. They meet Wynford (4-7,3-3) on Wednesday and Friday.

Bowerman says they have to show some depth and play consistent baseball to stay on top. “It’s a sprint and with the way the weather has been this spring. It seems like everything has been thrown on us. We have four league games this week against quality opponents. Mohawk (Monday) night and Upper (Tuesday) and then Wynford toward the end of the week. It is a tough week for us,” said Bowerman.

Published 4/24/18

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Seneca East Remains Unbeaten in “N10”

Seneca East remained in a share of first place with Carey in the Northern 10 Athletic Conference with a (2-1) over Upper Sandusky on the road on Wednesday evening.

Rickie Lacy has a huge RBI single in the bottom of the sixth for the Tigers (9-2,6-0) to give them the lead.

Coach Rick Bowerman says they got outstanding pitching, as did Upper. “It was a nice win. Upper has a very nice team. We had a pitcher’s battle (Wednesday) night. I think each team had four hits,” he told Swankonsports.com on Wednesday, “Upper’s pitcher Eric Snyder threw very well as did ours. Jacob Hall went five innings and Bo Smith came in with two innings in relief. It was a fun game.”

He says it was kind of a battle of which team could overcome their own mistakes. He says his team had four errors and failed to execute bunts on at least three occasions and had numerous baserunning mistakes. Upper Sandusky (6-6,3-4) had three errors.

Bowerman says it has been tough to stay focused with all of the problems caused by the weather. “Unfortunately, I think both team’s defense let us down a little bit and gave us some unearned runs. We feel like with the spring that we have had and not playing for a while and dealing with the elements it is hard to stay sharp. I think that affected both teams,” said Bowerman.

This might be the only game the Tigers get to play this week and Bowerman says they are always trying to keep the players positive. “I think it starts with our preparation and our pregame. When we get rained out or snowed out in practice we try to put them in situations that forces them to focus and keep mentally tough and always try to be positive with them,” he said.

Published 4/19/18

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Seneca East Stays in First Place

Seneca East remains in a share of first place in the Northern 10 Athletic Conference baseball standings after a (6-1) win over Bucyrus on a cold Monday evening.

Starting pitcher Bo Smith allowed only two hits and no earned runs in going the distance to get the win. He struck our seven and walked four on the night. He also contributed two hits and two RBI to the offensive attack.

Coach Rich Bowerman says Smith was very good. “Our pitcher Bo Smith was pretty dominate. He gave up two hits. Both them early in the game. After that he kept them off the base paths. He threw very well,” he said.

Seneca East (5-2,3-0) scored twice in the first and fourth innings and tallied single runs in the second and fifth innings.

The had seven hits on the day and Bowerman says they had a couple of chances to break it open and didn’t, but the they did enough to get the win. “We took advantage when we had guys on base and a couple of mistakes that Bucyrus made that we capitalized on,” he told Swankonsports.com on Monday evening, “Had a couple of chances for big innings. A couple of times we had the bases loaded and couldn’t come up with the big hit that we wanted, but we did enough to get the win.”

Carey beat Mohawk (7-4) and Wynford shutout Colonel Crawford (6-0) on Monday night to also remain unbeaten in the league. Bowerman says the wins over Bucyrus, they won (5-0) on Friday night, have been big for them. “It was a big win. I think this season is going to be very competitive and it wouldn’t surprise me if the winner of the league has three or four losses,” he said.

Published 4/10/18

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Seneca East Downs Sandusky

When you are a good baseball program you schedule up and that’s what Seneca East does.

They are the defending champion in the Northern 10 Athletic Conference.

On Monday, they beat Sandusky (11-7) of the Lake Division of the Sandusky Bay Conference.

Coach Rick Bowerman says it was an excellent way to get the season started. “It was definitely a good win for us. Playing a bigger school like that and somebody that is always going to have athletes. It was a nice win to start the season,” he said.

Many times with Ohio weather the bats are behind the pitching and defense, but Bowerman says they were able to make good contact against the Blue Streaks. “A lot of times the offense is behind the pitching, but we did a nice job of putting the ball in play,” he told Swankonsporys.com after the win on Monday night, “We had a lot of kids with more than one hit. We did some little things. We bunted the ball and forced them into some mistakes. It was a very good start for us.”

Seneca East had 10 hits on the day.

Kainon Ruffing and Spencer Walker had three hits each for Seneca East and starting pitcher Jake Hall had a double and four RBI for the Tigers.

Really Seneca East (1-0) does not have a lot of experience back on their varsity team and Bowerman says this was a good way for them to get their feet wet a little bit. “With us we only have three kids returning that really had varsity experience. So, we are kind of a young team and for them to get their first win and get some confidence built up it was really big for us,” he said.

It the weather permits, and Mother Nature probably won’t, the Tigers play Edison, a (4-3) loser to New London on Monday, on Tuesday in another non-conference game and then Ridgedale in Northern 10 Athletic Conference games on Wednesday and Thursday.

Published 3/27/18

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Seneca East Looking in the Mirror

Seneca East and Hillsdale meet Friday night in the first round of the division six playoffs outside of Attica.

The Tigers (8-1) are making their third straight playoff appearance after a runner up finish in the tough and balanced Northern 10 Athletic Conference. Their only loss of the season coming to conference champion Wynford (31-13) on week eight of the season.

They beat Carey (42-13) last week to end the season on an up note. Coach Ed Phillips says they did it in what amounted to a monsoon and that was good to see. “It was a great feeling to play Carey last Friday at home, who is a very good football team and come out and play like we did in all three phases of the game and in some crappy weather. Last Friday was not ideal conditions by any means and our kids came out and handled that, which at this time of year you have to be able to do. That is just another thing to put in your back pocket and feel good about your kids that they can handle different conditions and play well,” said Phillips.

It is likely we will see rain again on Friday night and many times that can lead to ball security issues, which hurt Carey last week, but not the Tigers.

Hillsdale (7-3) is no stranger to the postseason either. This their sixth trip to the playoffs all since 2009 and all under current coach Tom Williams. They beat a good Smithville team (34-20) by outscoring the Smithies (27-7) in the second half.

Phillips says the Falcons do a lot of the same things they do on both sides of the ball. He says Hillsdale does it very well. “It was funny because we were out in practice (Wednesday) and our defense is playing against their offense. Our kids were having a really good practice with great energy and communicate very well, and one of the coaches goes they are a lot like us, which makes it easier. They do a lot of the same things we do,” he told Swankonsports.com on Wednesday, “They run it well, they throw it well, they spread you out, they have a lot of weapons. So, it is a good challenge for us because they do a lot of things we do, but it makes it kind of fun to prepare for them because it is stuff you are used to in that sense formation wise and play wise. So, it has been a lot of fun this week. We are excited to play them.”

Both teams have solid and athletic skilled position players, but Phillips believes the story of this game in going to be told up front. “I say it week in and week out to somebody, but execution and who plays well up front on the offensive and defensive lines is probably going to come out on top on Friday,” he said.

Published 11/02/17

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Seneca East Tangles With Carey

Two teams battling for a playoff spot square off on Friday night in Attica in Northern 10 Athletic Conference play Seneca East hosts Carey.

Both sit right now in the top eight of the same division six region. Seneca East (7-1,5-1) is fourth and Carey (7-2,4-2) is fifth. You must finish in the first eight to play on week 11. Both are clearly in with a win.

Seneca East blitzed Bucyrus (46-7) last week just seven days after losing a tough one to conference leader Wynford (31-13) top fall into second place.

Coach Ed Phillips says they just went out and had fun. “It capped off a really good week for us. Maybe that is ironic to hear a coach say that after the week we had. Probably the best back to back four practices that we have had in a while and that is saying a lot because our kids practice really well. So, we had four great practices and went out right from the get go and executed in all three phases. We just went out and had a lot of fun. Sometimes I tell the kids you have to go out and play like you are on the playground with your friends. That is kind of what we did last week,” said Phillips.

Carey fell two back of Wynford when rival Mohawk pounded them (32-0) last week. Phillips says the game of football is a lot about momentum. “Just as I say that, but what I think about the league the whole year you have five teams that are at the top the league that are really good. When you get in there you better be ready to go because if you’re not or if things don’t go well for you, you are going to get beat. Things just kind of rolled for Mohawk right off the bat and went well for them and they had a good night. You can’t draw any conclusions from that because Carey is a very good, dangerous football team that has a lot of very good football players that we have to be ready for,” he said.

Phillips believes that Carey have a lot of quality athletes and they have opened up their offense a little more. “They have playmakers at every spot. Their quarterback is extremely dangerous. They have some receivers. They have evolved and they have a new coach this year. They were kind of evolving under coach Wourst too. They had a 1,000-yard passer under coach Wourst for about four years. Now they are really multiple in formations, like a lot of teams in this league,” he told Swankonsports.com on Monday, “They will come out and play power football one snap and then they will spread you out and make you play the spread another snap. They are very multiple and get their guys in space and do a really good job of using a lot of formations to make sure that you are disciplined and sound in what you do.”

Published 10/24/17

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Seneca East Still Confident

Seneca East lost last week to Wynford in a Northern 10 Athletic Conference showdown and now they are going to need to some help to get a piece of the title.

However, they remain a solid third in their division six computer region.

They trailed last week by only four in the fourth quarter before losing (31-13) to the Royals. They trail Wynford by one with two to play.

Coach Ed Phillips says they had the momentum in the fourth quarter and then made a couple of critical mistakes that cost them. “There was about eight minutes left in the fourth quarter and we scored to make it 17-13. Then we forced them to punt. When we forced them to punt, three and out, I thought we are going to win this thing. Unfortunately, we fumbled the punt return and then we fumbled the next kick return too. It kind of got away from us really quick there. We were certainly in position to win that football game. We are not into moral victories at Seneca East any more, but we did some really good things against a Wynford team that we have never done in the past. As a coach you look at that as moving forward,” he told Swankonsports.com on Monday, “I said we have to turn the page. We lost a game. What we want most is still in front of us. The kids came out (Monday) and really showed me that they believe that and understand that. They had a great night. We are looking forward to Bucyrus this week and getting this thing back on a roll.”

Phillips believes the Tigers (6-1,4-1) have a lot of build on from last week. He says they did a of good things. “Before we even got off the bus on Friday night. On the ride home, my assistant and I were talking about some things we did really well for a lot of that game our defense was just outstanding and really played Wynford well. We held them under 200 yards rushing and under 300 yards total offense and did a lot of really good things. So, we were excited about that. We moved the ball pretty well. We were at the point where we were really starting to roll and it got away from us and that is high school football. Instead of feeling bad about it I talked to the guys on the bus about things I was excited about from that game and looking towards the future. I told them (Monday) the Buckeyes lost to Oklahoma earlier in the year and I don’t think anybody is too worried about that loss right now. They have launched themselves forward and going after greater things,” said Phillips.

Bucyrus (1-7,1-5) hosts Seneca East in an “N10” game on Friday night. The Redmen lost to Mohawk (42-14) last week in a conference game.

Phillips says the Redmen have kids that break some big ones. “They have playmakers. They have a couple of receivers that will start for anybody. They will make plays. They are the top two receivers in the league. Their quarterback does a really nice job also. They play a couple of guys at quarterback. They definitely have some weapons. They have improved as they have gone along. Their schedule is a nightmare. I think that is one thing I look at man they need to change that. They are still playing a division four like schedule to begin the year and that is just not what they are anymore. They aren’t in the “NOL” anymore. Galion is one of the teams they played early and Galion year in and year out is a big school for a team like them to handle. They have gotten better and they are a very dangerous team and can throw the heck out of the football,” said Phillips.

Published 10/17/17

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Seneca East Must Tackle

For the second straight year what amounts to the Northern 10 Athletic Conference championship game might be between Seneca East and Wynford. They meet Friday night at Wynford.

Both are unbeaten in “N10” play so far this year.

Wynford won last year (35-12) to claim the outright title. The Royals have never lost a conference game in the “N10.”

The Tigers (6-0,4-0), #4 in the Swankonsports.com football coaches poll in the small school division, got in this position with a thrilling (24-21) win over Mohawk last Friday. Quarterback Mason Foos connected with D.J. Ruffing for a score with 45 seconds left.

Coach Ed Phillips says they had the confidence to believe they could win the sew saw like game. “When they got the ball back around two minutes I went to our kids and said, hey, with our time outs we can get this ball back with more than a minute left and that is plenty of time to win the game and our kids know that and our kids believe that. When you feel that way about yourself and your teammates you can do special things and that’s what they did,” said Phillips.

Wynford (5-2,4-0) lost (28-16) to Lima Central Catholic on Saturday night in non-conference play. That broke a five game winning streak.

Phillips says again they are solid on offense with quarterback Wyatt Smith at the controls. “They were pretty balanced a year ago too. They might have run it a little more last year, but when they had to throw it they were really good at it and they are this year also. They are really good this year, running or throwing the ball and that is a credit to them,” he told Swankonsports.com on Monday, “They lost a really good exceptional quarterback from last year that was great in the run and the pass game. They put a new guy in there and they just keep going. That’s what good programs do. They certainly have done that so far this year.”

Wynford bet Mohawk (7-0) two weeks ago and they are outstanding on defense. Phillips says both teams are physical and really get after it. “They are really good. They have tough, physical kids over there, just like we do here. I think that is what is going to make Friday night a special game. There are two tough, physical teams that are hungry and want get after it and that is going to make it a very exciting night,” he said.

Seneca East still must play Carey, who trails the leaders by a game, but the winner Friday night puts itself in very good position in the league. Phillips says they have to win the point of attack and be very good tacklers. “We have to play well up front because against them if you don’t control the line of scrimmage you are in trouble. On both sides of the ball we have to do that. We have to tackle very well. They have a lot of playmakers like we do and tackling them in space is going to be a big key for us,” he said.

Published 10/10/17

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Seneca East and Mohawk Play Big One in “N10”

When there is so much balance at the top of the Northern 10 Athletic Conference there seems to be a good game every week. This week Seneca East hosts Mohawk on Friday night.

The Tigers share first with Wynford, while Mohawk and Carey trail by one.

Last week, the Tigers scored 28 points in the first quarter and went on to blank Upper Sandusky (41-0) in league play.

Coach Ed Phillips says it was kind of unexpected they would get off to a start like that. “That was a lot of fun. Our kids just kind of kept things rolling from the week before. It was as good a quarter of football as a team can play I think. Upper Sandusky had been starting games fast and playing very well and was a team I was very worried about,” he told Swankonsports.com on Wednesday, “I kind of expected a four quarter game with them. For our kids to come out and play that well and just put them away so quickly made it a lot of fun. It was just an awesome thing to see.”

Seneca East had railed the week before to beat Colonel Crawford (34-28) in overtime and Phillips says they just feel real good right now. “Momentum is a huge thing in the game of football and within the season and we just want to keep it rolling. You just kind of ride the wave of momentum and try and get it as big as possible and that is our goal right now. Our goal day in and day out in practice is to do what we have to do to make that happen. Our kids (Wednesday) night our kids were outstanding in practice and that’s what we need right now,” said Phillips.

Mohawk lost their first game of the year last week, (7-0) to Wynford. Phillips says the Warriors have good players all over. “They are a very balanced team, a physical team, and play really solid defense. They are very good offensively this year in both the run and the pass game. So, they present a big challenge for us and one we are really excited about for Friday night,” he said.

Phillips says he knows Mohawk will come out with first in their eyes. Plus, he says the adventure for these two the last three years has been pretty similar. “I think they are a team with a lot of pride. It is exciting to see this because three years ago we were at this point in the season and neither had a win, so it is a great thing to see. That is what makes high school football so awesome they are 5-1 and we are 5-0 and just three years ago we were both at the bottom if the heap. It is great for both programs and something that makes you really excited to get out there on Friday night and get after it again,” said Phillips.

Published 10/05/17

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Seneca East Wants to Ride the Wave

Seneca East rallied from two touchdowns down in the second half to beat Colonel Crawford in overtime last week and they want to take that momentum into this week’s game at home against Upper Sandusky.

Brock Martin scored in overtime to give the Tigers a (34-28) win over Colonel Crawford. The Tigers had scored in the final minute of regulation to tie the score.

Coach Ed Phillips says it was a very exciting win for them. “It was awesome and I saw a fan post it was the greatest game they had ever seen live and I would have to think that anybody that was there would have a hard time arguing. We were never ahead in the game until we won. We were down 13-0, 21-7 then 28-21. That takes a lot of focus and a lot of energy to continue to fight back. In the process of coming back we had some things go wrong and we kind of stayed the course and overcame it and that’s when things come together,” he told Swankonsports.com on Tuesday, “I think sometimes you need a little adversity and you need to get through it together. I told the kids after the game what was special was in that second half there was one common goal, and they only cared about one thing, and that was getting a win for the Seneca East Tiger football team. That’s why we did it because we had one common goal and we were fighting for it and they got it.”

Seneca East (4-0,2-0) is at home for Upper Sandusky (1-4,0-2) in a Northern 10 Athletic Conference game on Friday night. The Rams lost (31-8) to Mohawk, another of conference co-leaders last week.

Phillips says the Rams, the biggest school in the league, have some kids that can play the game and make big plays. “They have some guys. I say they have some dudes. They have some skilled guys with a lot of speed mixed in with some explosiveness. They have a quarterback that kind of scrambles around and does his best Michael Vick impersonation and I mean that is a good way. They have got really good size up front. On defense, they come at you and attack. So, they are a formidable opponent. I have told many people here in the last couple of weeks now that we are kind into the heat of it and you are kind of getting familiar with what everybody in the league has to offer I think this is the best league I ever been in from top to bottom. There are so many good football teams and so many good football players. It is just awesome to be part of it,” said Phillips.

Phillips wants to take that momentum the second half last week produced and use it to their advantage against Upper Sandusky. “I think in high school football you have to ride the wave. We came back and had a lot of success in that second half and put one together for Seneca East football and there is nothing wrong with riding that wave as long as your focus is on the next team. High school football is a game of momentum and that game last week is certainly an example of it. We had nothing in the first half. The second half we just kept building and building. I believe you need to move your focus from the game last week to the game this week with Upper Sandusky, but also when you have that wave of momentum you get on it and you go,” said Phillips.

Published 9/27/17

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Seneca East Tangles with Colonel Crawford

Seneca East plays its toughest game of the season so far when the Tigers take the bus to North Robinson to take on the Colonel Crawford Eagles in a Northern 10 Athletic Conference game on Friday night.

`They hammered Sandusky St. Mary’s (33-6) in a non-conference game last Saturday night.

Coach Ed Phillips says they did a lot of good things on Saturday night, but he highlights the special teams play in particular. “It was a pretty well rounded game for us, especially defensively and special teams we played outstanding. Sometimes you don’t talk about special teams, but our kickoff and punt units were exceptional in that game. Bo Smith’s punting did a great job of really switching the field position for us. He had a couple of punts over 60 yards in the first half and it helped to get us rolling,” said Phillips.

The punt can be a big play in terms of momentum, good or bad, and Phillips says for them in was clearly a positive. “It can be devastating, but it was the opposite for us. We had some penalties on a couple of drives in the first half that stalled us a little bit. When he boomed the one that went over their head and then we were able to pin them with our defense. We just kind of rolled from there,” he said.

Colonel Crawford (1-3,0-3) is off to a slow start to the season after a third straight loss to Wynford (44-36) last week. They have also lost to Carey (27-13) and Mohawk (34-20) in conference games.

However, Phillips is not fooled. He says they know the Eagles are a darn good football team. “I told the guys (Monday) they are the best 1-3 team you will ever see. They have had a tough opening schedule and some bounces not go there way, but they are absolutely a quality football team that you better be ready for,” he said.

Colonel Crawford has the ability to throw the ball, but Phillips says when you get down to it, the Eagles want to be a power football team. “They are kind of an old school team,” he told Swankonsports.com on Monday, “They are really big and physical and they like to run the football. Their quarterback is doing a good job this year and he has some nice skill out at receiver. They are certainly not one dimensional. They can run the ball and throw the ball. I think if coach Teglovic had his druthers he likes to run the football.”

Published 9/19/17

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Seneca East Getting Some Young Kids Experience

Seneca East didn’t seem to suffer much from a week off and they punished Buckeye Central last week. They play at Sandusky St. Mary’s on Saturday night in a non league game.

The Tigers handled Buckeye (63-0) last week in play in the Northern 10 Athletic Conference.

Coach Ed Phillips says they played well in all three areas of the game last Friday. “We played really well in all phases. I really thought about our kickoff team. Our special teams played really well. Both our kickers and our kick coverage. The kickers did a very good job with their placement. That is kind of a microcosm of the whole game. We played a lot of people on special teams. We played a lot of people on both offense and defense. Something I was really proud of is when we put the younger guys in they continue to execute at a high level and that is something we talked about during the game and at halftime and they went out and did a great job of it,” said Phillips.

The Seneca East coach says they try to prepare their kids to play at a high energy level the whole game. “In a game like that that is something that we really concentrated on. I tell the kids a lot of times you can smile when the game is over because sometimes you get a little happy with yourself in a game like that and you can start to get sloppy. They did a really good job of waiting until the game was over to be happy about it,” he told Swankonsports.com on Wednesday, “While the clock was still ticking being focused and intensive and executing. That is really a goal of our right now is to eliminate mistakes because we still are making mistakes, even last Friday, that we shouldn’t and we need to eliminate those as we move along each week.”

The Tigers (2-0) play at Sandusky St. Mary’s (0-3) on Saturday night. The Panthers are coming off a (42-0) loss to Crestview last week.

St. Mary’s best effort came in week two when they lost (26-19) to Monroeville. Phillips says they cause some match-up problems for them. “They have had an up and down season. They did play a very good Monroeville team that probably will be toward the top of the Firelands I think, and they played really tough and had them down 19-6 and then Monroeville came back and made some plays to win the game. St. Mary’s is very capable on offense and defense and they present a lot of problems and challenges with big kids on both sides of the ball that create some match up issues. We just need to do a really good job of blocking and tackling their big guys and not let them make plays in space,” said Phillips.

Published 9/14/17

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Tigers back at it with Home Game with Buckeye Central

After a week off, Seneca East hosts rival Buckeye Central in a Northern 10 Athletic Conference game on Friday night with some emotion in the air.

Seneca East was unable to find a suitable replacement for Ridgedale on its schedule for week two. The Rockets pulled out of the “N10” in football last winter.

Coach Ed Phillips says they spent last week getting better. “It is not fun not having a game, but there are some advantages to it. I would probably like to have it later in the year if you are going to have one. We came out of week one and we had some things to work on and it was really advantageous for us to work on some of the fundamental things that we need to get better and not have to work about preparing for one particular team,” he told Swankonsports.com on Tuesday, “That is what I think was really good for us because we play a lot of young guys that are new to it. So, it allowed us to step back and get better at those things. I think from week one to week three of the season I think fundamentally we made some big improvements last week that down the line will be to our advantage.”

Seneca East has posted a sign honoring Bryce Lutz, the young man that was killed in an auto accident this summer, and would be a senior at Buckeye Central.

Phillips says it is a very emotional situation, but he knows what Bryce would want both teams to do Friday night. “They are dangerous and we know each other so well. This is the “Battle for the Paddle.” Your heat breaks for them. Bryce grew up around a lot of our kids and was good friends with a lot of our kids. He went to our school for a longtime with our Seneca East kids, so that is tough. Whenever I think about it what would he want? What would be doing if he was here? He would be playing his butt off on the football field. It’s the best way to play tribute to him and the legacy he left behind is for both teams to go out and play their butts off. They play hard and they have some playmakers you have to contain, especially the (Max) Loy boy at quarterback because he is a dangerous football player and the moment you don’t contain him he makes things happen,” said Phillips.

Buckeye lost (45-14) to Mohawk in an “N10” game last Friday.

Max Loy is the engine for the Bucks (0-2,0-1) this year. Phillips says you have to keep an eye on him at all times. “You have to be really disciplined in your rush while still attacking him. He is not afraid to stay in the pocket. If he doesn’t have a rush he will stay in there, but when he sees a lane open he will go. He is a double threat. He will scramble to run or he will scramble to throw and makes plays in both ways,” he said.

Published 9/06/17

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