SENECA — Daniel came into Friday night's contest against Seneca with a chance to clinch a region championship and it didn't waste that opportunity. Led by junior running back Jae'lon Oglesby's five touchdowns, the Lions rolled to a 35-7 victory over the Bobcats at Tom Bass Field.
Oglesby added 379 yards rushing to his season total of 1,521, including a 74-yard sprint on his first carry of the night.
It was Senior Night for Seneca in a critical game to determine its playoff future. The Bobcats used several players on both sides of the football in an effort to match some of Daniel's size and speed but the Lions used Oglesby's big play ability and a stingy defense to pull away in the second half.
After Oglesby's opening touchdown gave the Lions a 7-0 lead, Marquis Arnold returned the kickoff into Daniel territory at the 41. Seneca was unable to capitalize on the possession as quarterback Spencer Brothers was stopped on 4th and short.
Daniel was forced to give the ball right back to the home team after a three-and-out series and the Bobcats struck quickly. Brothers passed to Arnold in the flat and with the Daniel defense swarming to the ball, Arnold tossed a long pass to Stan Smith who reached the end zone for a 64-yard touchdown. This tied the game at 7 with 6:12 left in the first quarter.
The Lions then drove 78 yards, capped off by Oglesby's 5-yard dash for a score late in the first period. This made it 14-7, Daniel.
The only other points of the first half came on an Oglesby run from 67 yards out with 9:53 left in the second quarter.
Seneca's defense fought throughout the third period to keep Daniel off the scoreboard but the turning point of the game came late in the third period after the Bobcats had made it 21-10 on Angelo Menin's 42-yard field goal. A personal foul on Daniel gave the 'Cats a chance at a first down and coach Wayne Green decided to take the three points off the board and try for six instead.
Brothers' pass over the middle, intended for Dakari Morris, was tipped and intercepted by Daniel at the 1-yard line. The backbreaker came on the next play as Oglesby flew 99 yards for a score and a 28-7 cushion.
The final points of the night were once again courtesy of Oglesby as he reached paydirt from 35 yards out, making the margin 35-7, Daniel.
The Lions improve to 8-2 while the Bobcats finish the season at 4-6.