SENECA – Coming out of the 34-7 win by Seneca over Herscher on Friday night, almost everyone is certain to remember senior Bo Taylor’s five touchdown runs. Especially since it came on senior night for the Fighting Irish.
However, throw in another strong defensive showing by the locals over the Tigers, and what you have is all 14 seniors on the squad feeling pretty good about things.
“There’s nothing like it. It’s pretty electric,” Seneca senior lineman Brad Wyss said. “We have a good group of brothers here and we all love each other.”
Like the Oct. 11 game before against Dwight, Friday night’s game against Herscher was still close at halftime. In the most recent instance, the Irish led just 14-7 at intermission against the Tigers. Once again, that did not sit well with Seneca coach Ted O’Boyle.
“We challenged them at halftime. I was not happy at halftime. I thought we came out and were not playing with the effort we needed,” O’Boyle said. “With clinching the playoff berth last week and all the time that has past since we’d done that, I was worried about how we would come out. I want to see them hungry to keep winning. I guess it’s because, when you haven’t been in the playoffs for so long, you lose the magnitude of playing a playoff game at home. But I think I got that message through at halftime, challenged some guys and they stepped up in the second half.”
It was a message that was certainly received.
“In the second half, I thought we played awesome. The line picked up on everything (Herscher) did and they were creating big holes,” Taylor said. “The other key was the receivers’ blocking. They blocked well and that also helped me to get going. The other thing that makes a big difference is the fakes to Tommy. That helps freeze the defensive ends and sets up the offense.”
Taylor had scoring runs of 9 and 14 yards in the first half, then added TD trots of 2, 81 and 18 yards in the second half.
In the meantime, the defense rose up to put a zero on the Tigers after halftime.
“We just got ticked off in the second half, but overall I thought the defense was solid all the way around tonight,” Wyss said.
All Seneca allowed Herscher on the night was a 2-yard TD run by Brendan Powell in the second quarter.
“The defense has been solid all year long,” O’Boyle said. “Coach (Don) Brown has done a great job.”
It’s something that the Fighting Irish and their fans have, once again, come to expect.
“We have come to start expecting it,” Wyss said. “We have a good mix of kids.”