SENECA — The Seneca Indians scored the first 36 points of the game en route to a 36-6 win Friday night over Newton County and Big 8 Conference rival East Newton at Earl Campbell Stadium.

The Indians improved to 5-0 on the season and East Newton remains winless at 0-5.

Seneca took a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter on a 27-yard touchdown pass from Gavin Clouse to Max Roark. How about newcomer of the year for Roark? No doubt.

In the second quarter, East Newton missed a field goal but Seneca ran into the Patriots’ kicker and gave the Patriots a fourth-and-4. Seneca stuffed East Newton on downs and took over possession.

Seneca then went ahead 22-0 at halftime on the strength of Trey Wilson and Monty Mailes scores.

The Indians scored twice more in the third quarter, on a Dawson Stephens 28-yard TD pass and a second Wilson TD run.

Isaiah Stewart’s touchdown run denied Seneca the shutout.

Seneca returns to the road this week for a battle against Aurora, who improved to 3-2 after a resounding 46-10 win over defending Class 3 state champion Monett.

East Newton, meanwhile, searches for its elusive first win of the season and the first under new head coach Broc Wolfe with a Big 8 clash against 4-1 and state-ranked Mount Vernon, who defeated McDonald County 43-21 on Friday night.

In Class 3, District 4, Seneca remains at the top with 51.8 points, followed by Mount Vernon at 42.2. The Indians have remaining games against Cassville, Aurora, and Monett, teams currently fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively, in the district standings.