SENECA — In preparation for their opening district playoff game against Aurora, the No. 5-seeded Mount Vernon Mountaineers came up with the slogan “Second Chance,” in that Mount Vernon would avenge its regular season loss to Aurora in the playoffs.

Now that might sound a little bit corny, but football teams love slogans like that, like, for example, the 2011 Pittsburg State Gorillas took “One Game at a Time, One Play at a Time” all the way to a NCAA Division II national championship.

It worked for Mount Vernon last week against Aurora and that slogan worked again Friday night as the Mountaineers knocked off Seneca 37-8 in a Class 3, District 4 semifinal at Earl Campbell Stadium. Unfortunately, for the Mountaineers, they will have to adapt a different slogan in the district championship game against Reeds Spring, since Mount Vernon defeated Reeds Spring 35-20 in the season opener.

Barring a 75-yard touchdown pass from Gavin Clouse to Monty Mailes, Mount Vernon slowed down Seneca’s offense all night.

Meanwhile, the Mountaineers scored the first 30 points of the night and gave the Indians only their second loss of the season.

Seneca, who improved six wins from a season ago, finished its best season since 2013 with a 9-2 overall record.

Mount Vernon improved to 7-4 and the Mountaineers have won two in a row at the most opportune time since they ended the regular season with three straight losses.

Reeds Spring went into Cassville on Friday night and handed the Wildcats a season-ending 42-7 defeat. Like Mount Vernon against Seneca, Reeds Spring lost to Cassville 39-28 in Week 2.

The Wolves have hunted down nine straight opponents since losing their first two games of the season, against Mount Vernon and Cassville. Reeds Spring defeated Bolivar (36-16), Logan-Rogersville (53-14), Springfield Central (45-0), Hollister (54-6), Marshfield (48-14), Buffalo (49-6), Springfield Catholic (35-7), Monett (59-6), and Cassville (42-7).

Reeds Spring hosts Mount Vernon, as the Mountaineers look for their third consecutive win on the road in the playoffs.