SENECA — The Lamar Tigers extended their winning streak to 43 games, a streak dating back to the 2014 season, and earned their third consecutive Big 8 Conference title with a 42-13 win Friday night over the Seneca Indians at Earl Campbell Stadium.

In the first half, the Tigers flexed their muscles with their dominating defense and then their efficient offense, forcing the Indians into four turnovers and then getting points from ball carriers Cooper Lucas and Michael Danner.

The Tigers forced both fumbles and interceptions, and the Indians trailed 35-0 at halftime.

Seneca’s first points came on a Cole Hatfield touchdown run in the third quarter and the Indians’ highlight of the night came late in the final quarter on a 76-yard touchdown pass from reserve quarterback Kale Schrader to Payden Armstrong.

In a battle of state-ranked and unbeaten teams — Lamar No. 1 in Class 2 and Seneca No. 4 in Class 3 — it was a rather one-sided battle.

The Tigers finished their regular season 8-0 — yes, the Tigers could not find a second nonconference opponent to replace Carl Junction on the schedule after the Bulldogs left the Big 8 for the Central Ozark Conference Large — and outscored their eight opponents 367-40.

In fact, the 13 points scored by Seneca are the most scored against Lamar this season, beating out the eight points McDonald County scored a few weeks back against the Tigers.

Lamar has rattled off 22 consecutive Big 8 wins, the Tigers’ last defeat coming at the hands of Carl Junction in Week 9 of 2014.

Seneca, 8-1 on the season and 6-1 Big 8, earned the No. 1 seed in Class 3, District 4 by virtue of its 44.86 points, finishing just .82 ahead of future Big 8 member Reeds Spring.

The Indians open the district playoffs at home Friday against Newton County and Big 8 rival East Newton, who finished the regular season 0-9 after a loss to Monett on Friday night.

Seneca dispatched East Newton 36-6 in the first meeting.