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  • ESPN to televise Seneca (Mo.) football game

  • The rumors are absolutely true.

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  • The rumors are absolutely true.
    On Saturday, Aug. 27 at Missouri Southern’s Fred G. Hughes Stadium, the Seneca Indians high school football team will be playing live on ESPN.
    The Indians, coming off of an 8-3 season and a playoff appearance, will not be the main attraction. Their first week opponent, Springfield-Hillcrest, features arguably the best high school football player in the country in wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham. The Hornets’ star is reportedly juggling scholarship offers from Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Southern California, Texas, Notre Dame and probably a dozen other top tier college programs.
    Last season, Hillcrest edged Seneca in Springfield by a score of 20-15 after Green-Beckham had a 66-yard touchdown catch and run with less than a minute to play. The All-American receiver finished last year’s meeting with seven catches for 137 yards and the game-winning touchdown. The two teams will kick off this year’s meeting at 8 p.m.
    “One of the first things I talked about with Coach (Chris) Yust when I was hired was about how we were going to defend (Green-Beckham),” Seneca football coach Dan Scheible said. “We think it’s a great chance for our players to make some great memories, playing on ESPN against one of the best high school players in the country.”
    Scheible is entering his first season as the Indians’ head coach and already had the tall order of replacing all-conference talent at every skill position on offense. He also lost starting defensive backs on defense.
    Scheible insists that focus will not be a problem going into their first game on such a big stage.
    “I think the fact that it’s such a big thing will make our kids even more focused,” Scheible said. “I think it will help our kids’ focus a great deal.”
    What does one say to a 15 or 16-year-old kid who will possibly be making their first varsity start on live national television?
    “Players at all levels have to have goals to reach for,” Scheible explained. “It’s great exposure and it’s a great opportunity for our guys. We just told them don’t be intimidated and make the most of this opportunity.”
    In 2010, Seneca finished as the district runner-up and fell to Holden in the first round of the state playoffs. Hillcrest finished with an overall 7-5 record and lost to Union in the second round of the playoffs.

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