BELLEVUE - They say that a good running game will open up a passing game. Or, perhaps its the opposite.
Either way, Seneca East was able to use both parts of its offense on Thursday as it accumulated 482 yards of offense in a 41-12 season opening win over Margaretta at Bellevue High School.
The Tigers (1-0) didn't score until the final minute of the first quarter, but that kick-started a four touchdown half in which Seneca East took a 27-6 advantage into the half.
Chase Foos hauled in a 49-yard touchdown pass from D.J. Ruffing late in the first quarter as Seneca East grabbed a 7-0 lead.
Nearly two minutes later Foos made it 13-0 when he piled his way across the goal line for a six yard touchdown run.
The Polar Bears (0-1) responded on their next possession as they made it 13-6 when Mitch Raifsnider caught a touchdown pass from Nick Leibacher.
Two touchdown runs by Blaine Swartzmiller in the final six minutes of the half gave the Tigers a comfortable halftime cushion.
Again, it took Seneca East most of the third quarter before it scored again, this time on a 27-yard hook up from Foos to Collan Martin.
Foos finished with 257 yards of passing while completing 16-of-23 passes.
Ruffing (127 yards) and Martin (66 yards) were Foos' top two receivers.
On the ground, Seneca East was led by Swartzmiller's 152 yards on 15 carries.
Margaretta's final score came on a four yard touchdown run from Bryceten Hedden.
Hedden led Margaretta with 108 rushing yards.