Daniel handles Seneca, extends win streak to 3

By D. C. Moody - dmoody@civitasmedia.com

SENECA — The D. W. Daniel Lions (3-0) took their unbeaten record on the road against rival Seneca High School (1-2) and other than the competitiveness of the rivalry, there was no competition as the Lions sailed to a 27-0 win.

The Lions took a 3-0 lead on a first quarter field goal and the game rolled along as a defensive struggle, until Jake Venables — son of Clemson University defensive coordinator Brent Venables — blocked a Seneca punt sparking Daniel to life and taking the wind out of the sails for Seneca’s Bobcats.

Venables recovered the block and on the next play from scrimmage QB Ben Batson scrambled left to score, giving Daniel a 10-0 lead. But the there would be one more TD in the tank in the first half as Will Swinney — son of Clemson University head football coach Dabo Swinney — would haul in a Batson pass for the score and a 17-0 halftime lead.

Seneca would try to mount a comeback but the Lions’ defense would hold firm, not allowing a score and pitching the shutout as the offense posted yet another TD and another field goal in the second half to extend the lead to the game’s final score of 27-0.

Daniel, coming off its worst season on 20-plus years, has stretched their season winning streak to three games and will head back on the road Sept. 9 to face Greer’s Yellow Jackets (1-2) at Greer High School. Kick-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.


By D. C. Moody


Reach D. C. Moody at 864-855-0355.

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