SENECA — Two unbeaten teams entered Earl Campbell Stadium on Friday night and only the Seneca Indians left unbeaten with a 41-13 win over Big 8 Conference rival McDonald County.

SENECA — Two unbeaten teams entered Earl Campbell Stadium on Friday night and only the Seneca Indians left unbeaten with a 41-13 win over Big 8 Conference rival McDonald County.
The Indians dominated the game early and came out of the first quarter ahead 22-0.
In the opening game of the season, junior quarterback Gavin Clouse enjoyed a big night with three rushing touchdowns.
Last week, senior receiver and defensive back Max Roark intercepted four passes, caught a long TD pass from Clouse, and forced a fumble.
On Friday night, it was sophomore running back Trey Wilson who had a monster game, just in the first quarter alone.
Wilson ran for three touchdowns in just the first quarter, highlighted by a 34-yard TD run for the first points of the game. His other two scores were a pair of short runs.
McDonald County scratched the scoreboard just past the midway point of the second quarter, then Clouse hit Roark on a 15-yard scoring pass 46 seconds before halftime for a 28-7 lead.
The teams exchanged scores in the third period, with Cole Hatfield’s 39-yard run giving the Indians a 35-7 lead.
Taking a 35-13 lead into the fourth, of course Seneca closed out the scoring on a Hatfield TD run set up by a Wilson 75-yard rumble down to the McDonald County 6-yard line.
Seneca won for the eighth straight time against McDonald County, dating back to 2008.
The Indians meet another unbeaten in Week 4 in Mount Vernon — also state-ranked in Class 3 — at Mountaineer Stadium. Mount Vernon defeated defending Class 3 state champion Monett 25-20 at Burl Fowler Stadium, ending a 11-game winning streak for the Cubs dating back to last season.
This game will also have Class 3, District 4 ramifications with Seneca and Mount Vernon entering Week 4 at the top of the district points chase. Seneca stands at No. 1 with 56.33 points and Mount Vernon comes in at No. 2 with 45 points. The Indians helped themselves Friday night with their win over Class 4 McDonald County.
Last season, Mount Vernon rolled 42-13 over Seneca at Earl Campbell.
McDonald County’s run of daunting Big 8 opponents continues in Week 4 on the road against Cassville, who improved to 2-1 on the season with a 45-7 win over East Newton.
The Mustangs dropped to sixth in the Class 4, District 5 standings with 35.67 points.
Last season, McDonald County fell 33-22 at home to Cassville.