SE claws past NB

ATTICA – It wasn’t long after Friday’s night North Baltimore-Seneca East football game, an Attica Volunteer Rescue fire command vehicle was trying to jump start a Seneca County ambulance.

North Baltimore’s football team might to be blame.

The visiting Tigers had a powerful offense but too many miscues as Seneca East held on for a 49-34 victory.

Power for the Tigers of Attica came from Alex Scheiber, who rushed for 188 yards and five scores, including three in the first half as Seneca East built a 28-0 lead before North Baltimore cracked the scoreboard.

By halftime, it was 35-12 with North Baltimore looking like it was heading to another blowout loss.

But then something happened in the fourth that jump started the NB offense and the Tigers scored 22 points, including a touchdown with 2:44 to go in the game to cut it to the final margin.

After forcing Seneca East into a three-and-out, North Baltimore got the ball back and with 7 seconds to go, Sean Watson hauled in a 16-yard pass in the end zone from Lane Bishop. But Watson was ruled out-of-bounds on the catch. It only would have lessened the margin but not the result which was the biggest concern for North Baltimore coach Greg Bishop.

“I’m proud of the way we came back in the second half and fought,” coach Bishop said. “Defensively we have to want to tackle. We have to want to do it. I’m seeing sparks of life in our team. We just got to want to do it all the time. … Sometimes it feels like we’re tip-toeing and feeling the waters out and seeing ‘Can we compete with these guys?’ Then when we start feeling like we can do this, we start turning it on. We’ve got to believe in ourselves right from the get-go. That’s what it comes down to.”

Lane Bishop was a thorn in the paw of the Tigers, nearly outgaining Seneca East’s offense on his own. The junior quarterback had 268 yards passing and two touchdowns along with 205 yards rushing.

“We had about two or three plays where we had them third and long to get them off the field and we lost contain on him and he made some plays and that extended a couple plays for them and kept our defense on the field,” Seneca East coach Ed Phillips said. “There’s a reason they have one of the better offenses in the league. They got some guys in space that are very good.”

Ethan Caudill threw for 216 yards and two first quarter scores to Cory Depinet and Brayden Walker.

“Coach Phillips does a great job with those guys. He knows what’s going on and what to take advantage of when we line up defensively,” coach Bishop said. “Seneca East is a good ball club. They do some things really well and sometimes it’s hard for us to match up with. It causes some problems.”

Seneca East also hurt itself with 125 yards in penalties.

“I thought we came out with good energy and was playing really well but the thing we have to cut out is the penalties,” Phillips said. “We had a lot of them. We’ve been really good, penalty-wise. We’ve not been a team that’s had a whole lot of mental mistakes and had a whole lot of penalties. But we made up for it tonight. There’s no doubt about that.”