For the fourth straight game, Braxton Graham got his 200 yards rushing.

Payton Rawlins offered 328 yards through the air.

Dalan Merriman was on the receiving end for 132 yards.

All told, the Seneca Indians racked up 546 yards of total offense Friday night, but in a showdown Southwest Missouri offense, Carl Junction had a little more punch.

The Bulldogs scored the final 28 points of the game in a 62-34 victory over the Indians on Tom Hodge Field inside Earl Campbell Stadium in a Big 8 Conference contest.

After trailing throughout the game, including as much as 14 points in the second quarter, the Indians (4-3 overall, 3-2 Big 8) rallied in the third quarter behind two big plays by Graham, a senior workhorse of a tailback, to tie the game at 34.

Graham capped the first possession of the second half with a 30-yard touchdown run off an option pitch from Rawlins, followed by a Rawlins two-point conversion run to make it 27-26.

Carl Junction scored on the ensuing possession, but Seneca drove 75 yards in eight plays using 1:55 of the third quarter. A screen pass from Rawlins to Graham in the right flat turned into a 41-yard touchdown play and Rawlins converted the two-point conversion again, this time on a jump ball for Chance Smith to knot the game at 34.

On the ensuing kickoff, Rawlins was directed to conduct a hard squib down the right side of the field away from the Bulldogs big play threat Matt Magee.
Instead, the ball bounced off a Carl Junction front line player and sat on the ground waiting to be covered.

“He missed it, he shanks it. It looks like an onside kick and our kids are hovering over and we didn’t fall on it,” Seneca head coach Dan Scheible said.

With the recovery, Carl Junction took over on its own 49. On the first play, junior back Keynan Scheurich took a zone read play up the middle for a 51-yard touchdown run as the Bulldogs (6-1, 5-0) scored the next four touchdowns.

“I thought the holding penalty (on the next possession after the Scheurich touchdown) was a big, big, big play. We scored on that play (before it was called back on the penalty) and I had every intention on going for two to take the lead. We had the momentum, we were going for the lead” Scheible said.

Instead of a touchdown, Carl Junction held on downs at the Bulldog 15. Six plays later, Scheurich scored his fourth rushing touchdown. Seneca went three-and-out on its next possession that the Bulldogs converted into a third straight touchdown and a late interception was turned into the fourth and final score for Carl Junction.

“Depth came into play tonight,” Scheible said. “Offensively, I think man-for-man we were matching them. But they were two-platooning (fresh players on both offense and defense) and by the time the fourth quarter started, their depth became a factor.”

The Bulldogs got four rushing touchdowns from senior quarterback Dustin Satterlee, who had 129 yards rushing on nine carries. He scored runs of 63, 15, 1 and 27 yards.

Scheurich rushed for 258 yards on 21 carries with touchdown runs of 7, 19, 51 and 43 yards. Satterlee completed 11 of 12 passes for 199 yards and a touchdown, 70 yards to Magee.

Rawlins, the Indians senior quarterback, completed 26 of 37 passes for 328 yards and a touchdown.

Graham had 200 yards on 42 carries, caught another three passes for 57 yards for a combined 45 touches and 257 yards. His touchdown runs were 10, 1, 25 and 30 yards.

Six receivers caught passes from Rawlins led by Merriman’s 11 receptions and 132 yards. Smith finished with five receptions for 77 yards and Quentin Cotton added 48 yards on four receptions.