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Seneca secures playoff berth by beating Dwight

DWIGHT – It was not exactly the start the Seneca football team had envisioned Friday night. Then again, it was the kind of finish the Fighting Irish desired.

Although the locals didn’t get on the board until nearly 18 minutes had gone off the clock against winless Dwight at Howard Rub Field, the Irish did score plenty in the end.

Seneca went on to win 37-7 to secure its first playoff appearance since the 2001 season.

While Seneca got the better of the play for the first quarter and a half, the Trojans showed some spirit on their homecoming and battled tough. Both teams had field goal opportunities in that span, but both went awry and the game remained scoreless.

The Irish finally got on the board with 6:37 left before intermission when running back Tommy Lovett bolted in from 78 yards out on the third play of the drive. Bo Taylor ran in the 2-point conversion and the locals led Dwight 8-0.

Seneca’s next drive proved just as fruitful, although it took a little doing to get into the end zone that time.

After a Dwight punt, Seneca took over at its own 33 and proceeded to march the length of the field in the next nine plays to score.

The Irish had four runs of 10 yards or more in the sequence and capped the drive when Lovett went in from 2 yards out. Again, Taylor ran in the conversion and Seneca took a 16-0 lead into the locker room.

Taylor scored on the second play of the second half on a 66-yard run and then Lovett reciprocated on the conversion run and Seneca’s lead jumped to 24-0.

After Seneca made a defensive stop when Ben Barnett intercepted a pass, Taylor completed a 72-yard touchdown pass to Austin Applebee and Applebee added the PAT kick to make it 31-0.

The rout was officially on at that point.

Dwight was held on downs in the next series and Casey Pifer scored from 9 yards out a minute later. That PAT kick failed, leaving the score at 37-0 at 6:12 of the third.

Dwight broke the shutout on a 5-yard touchdown run by Jack Davidson with 13 seconds left and Trimi Asllani kicked the final point of the night.

Seneca, who ended up with 16 first downs in the game, won the sophomore game 20-15.

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