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Class 3 District 6

Big 8 Conference

School Colors: Red, White and Blue

Head Coach: Cody Hilburn (0-0, 1st season)

Assistant coaches: Matt Crane, Chris Yust, David Sherwood, Gary Pendergraft, Trenton Moeller, Steve Adams, Kevin Durbin

COACH HILBURN SAYS:

“Taking the Seneca job gave me the opportunity to come back home. Seneca has a rich tradition for football and a community that truly supports the football program.”

Five Year Trend (Playoffs)

  • 2020: 3-7 (Second Round)
  • 2019: 8-4 (Third Round)
  • 2018: 5-6 (Second Round)
  • 2017: 9-2 (Second Round)
  • 2016: 3-7 (First Round)

2020 REVIEW

The Indians took a step back last season, finishing with a 3-7 record, their poorest since 2016. Seneca won its season opener against Marshfield 34-30. They also got by Nevada at home and Aurora on the road. Each of their three wins were by very slim margins, but they were able to finish those games out and end the season with a few in win column.

RETURNING STARTERS (2020 stats)

RB Jaxson Graham (Sr) 5’8”, 165 lb – 696 rush yards, Big 8 HM RB, 2nd team All-District RB, SWMFCA 2nd team RB

TE/LB Gabe Commons (Sr) 6’0”, 185 lb – 67 tackles, 78 rec yards, SWMFCA HM LB

WR Conner Ackerson (Jr) 6’1”, 185 lb – 452 rec yards, Big 8 1st team WR, 2nd team All-District WR, SWMFCA HM WR

RB/LB Dane Napier (Sr) 5’11”, 180 lb – 41 tackles, 2 sacks, Big 8 HM LB, SWMFCA HM LB

OL Brock Hultman (Sr) 5’10”, 215 lb

OL/DL Tanner Nesvold (Sr) 5’11”, 205 lb – 24 tackles, SWMFCA HM DL

LB Ethan Fritchey (Sr) 6’0”, 205 lb

C Dylan Dragoo (Sr) 5’10”, 145 lb – 21 tackles

DE Chris Alexander (Jr) 5’10”, 190 lb

LB Lincoln Renfro (Jr) 5’10”, 175 lb

K Brayden Thiel (Sr) 5’8”, 135 lb

OTHER KEY RETURNERS

DE David Cooper (Sr) 5’8”, 200 lb

RB Dominick Wheeler (Jr) 5’10”, 170 lb

OL/DL Fox Butler (Sr) 6’0”, 295 lb

WR/DB Jordan Allen (Jr) 5’9”, 160 lb

WR/DB Jeremy Williams (Sr) 5’10”, 160 lb

WR/DB Quinton Platner (Sr) 6’2”, 185 lb

QB/LB Evan Davidson (Jr) 6’1”, 180 lb

TE/LB Logan Barwick (Jr) 6’0”, 180 lb

OL/DL Nicholas Stephens (Jr) 5’11”, 230 lb

OL/DL Jacob Gravener (Jr) 6’2”, 275 lb

KEY NEWCOMERS

S Morgan Vaughn (So) 5’11”, 170 lb

RB/LB Jackson Marrs (So) 5’8”, 170 lb

SCHEDULE:

8/27 vs. Marshfield

9/3 @ Logan Rogersville

9/10 vs. Hollister

9/17 @ East Newton

9/24 vs. McDonald County

10/1 @ Nevada

10/8 vs. Cassville

10/15 @ Lamar

10/22 vs. Monett

2021 SEASON OUTLOOK

Cody Hilburn was named the new head coach of the Indians this past offseason. It’s a homecoming from Hilburn as he returns to his alma mater after 10 years on the Carthage football coaching staff. In this new era for the Indians, Hilburn is looking for a strong leadership presence from his senior class, specifically, Jaxson Graham, Dane Napier, Brock Hultman, Tanner Nesvold and Gabe Commons. Hilburn says the summer is going well for his new team. “We have a group of good kids that aren’t afraid of hard work. They have been committed to showing up all summer and getting better every single day.” In his first year, Hilburn’s goal is to improve each week. “My expectation for this team is to be playing our best football at the end of the season.” Seneca will face Lamar, the defending state champions, in their second to last regular season game.