MOUNT VERNON — The Seneca Indians survived their second Big 8 Conference battle in a row against a previously unbeaten opponent, toppling Mount Vernon 19-7 on Friday night at Mountaineer Stadium to improve to 4-0 overall and 2-0 Big 8.

MOUNT VERNON — The Seneca Indians survived their second Big 8 Conference battle in a row against a previously unbeaten opponent, toppling Mount Vernon 19-7 on Friday night at Mountaineer Stadium to improve to 4-0 overall and 2-0 Big 8.
Seneca and juggernaut Lamar are the only unbeaten teams in the Big 8 … and these teams meet in the final week of the regular season. Well, that’s a long way down the road.
The Indians surpassed their win total from all of last season and have at least six games remaining.
Seneca and Mount Vernon were the top two teams entering Week 4 in Class 3, District 4 and the Indians only extended their lead Friday night. The Indians now stand at first at 55.59 points, followed by Monett at 39.92 and Mount Vernon 38.59.
Seneca returns to action Friday night at home against winless East Newton. Last season, East Newton ended lengthy losing streaks both overall and Big 8 with a 14-0 homecoming win over Seneca at Don Johnston Stadium.
Would revenge be on Seneca’s minds against their Newton County and conference rivals? Perhaps, but taking care of business would be the highest order.
On Friday night against Mount Vernon, Seneca scored all its points in the first half on a pair of short Gavin Clouse touchdown runs and then sophomore Trey Wilson scored on a longer run, 52 yards.
Max Roark, who had four interceptions three wins ago against then state-ranked Osage, delivered a pair Friday night against Mount Vernon’s potent passing attack.
The Indians led 19-0 at halftime.
Here’s an interesting fact: Seneca has provided Osage, McDonald County, and Mount Vernon with their only losses this season.