TIFFIN — Twice on Friday, Tiffin Calvert answered a Danville touchdown within one minute, as the Senecas earned their second victory of the season, 39-21.
The Blue Devils (0-2) have had trouble stopping the run in its first two games, allowing two runners over 90 yards last week, and two over 100 yards this week. Austin Jones led Calvert (2-0) with 25 carries for 165 yards, and QB Trent Cooper gained 106 yards on 16 carries.
The Senecas outgained Danville’s total yardage (251) on rushes alone, going for 329 yards on 48 carries. Cooper added 7 of 14 passing for 115 yards and one TD.
The Blue Devils started off three of the four quarters with scores, including the first on a 41-yard pass to Corbin Hazen from Dalton David with 7:37 to play. Calvert reached the end zone first with 2:20 left in the period, as Cooper ran from six yards to cut the lead to 7-6.
Alex Holt’s 8-yard TD catch at the 11:04 mark of the second quarter put Danville up, 14-6, but it was the team’s last lead of the game. Just 57 seconds after Holt’s score, Jones punched in from three yards out that, with a conversion pass, left the score tied at 14.
Calvert scored again with 6:13 left, a 66-yard pass to Jones that left the Senecas ahead, 20-14, at the break.
A third-quarter stalemate was finally broken with an Aaron Rombach 32-yard TD run with 1:57 left in the period, which took the Calvert lead to 26-14.
The Blue Devils came back to within five, 26-21, on Chris Greenawalt’s 1-run run with 10:01 to go in the game, but a Jones 60-yarder just 48 seconds later punctured Danville’s hopes. Cooper scored again on a 1-yarder with 1:04 left.
David completed 10 of 23 passes for 139 yards, and Greenawalt led the rushers with 18 carries for 96 yards. Hazen gained 100 yards on six receptions, and Holt had four catches for 25 yards.
After two road games, Danville will play its home opener on Friday at 7 p.m. against Garaway.