MOUNT VERNON — The Seneca Indians have been a prolific offensive team this season despite entering Friday night's game with a 2-4 overall record.

On the other hand, the Mount Vernon Mountaineers are one of the best defensive teams in the area and had consecutive shutouts against Big 8 East rivals Aurora and Logan-Rogersville entering Friday night.

Mount Vernon's defense bettered Seneca's offense and the Mountaineers produced plenty offense of their own during a 37-14 win Friday at Mountaineer Stadium.

Seneca and Mount Vernon were pushed back to a 7:45 p.m. start.

The Indians started the contest with a bang, driving 64 yards in 11 plays and they capped it off with a Gavin Clouse to Daythen Long 15-yard touchdown pass.
Seneca, however, turned it over on four of its next five possessions, including a fumble returned for a touchdown.

Mount Vernon senior Will Boswell (reigning Class 3 defensive player of the year) enjoyed a big night offensively against the Indians with 142 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries. Boswell scored on 6-yard, 49-yard, and 55-yard runs, the latter two in the fourth quarter against an obviously worn down Seneca defense.

Seneca did not find the end zone again until Clouse hit Monty Mailes on a 12-yard pass with just under 270 seconds remaining in regulation, ending a run of 30 straight points by the Mountaineers.

Seneca dropped to 2-5 overall this season and the Indians return to action in Week 8 against winless East Newton, maybe just what the Doctor ordered before districts.

The Indians close out their regular season against the Patriots and then McDonald County, both Big 8 West contests.

Currently, Seneca rests in the No. 5 spot in the Class 3, District 6 standings with 26.33 points. Cassville holds the No. 1 spot at 49.67, with Mount Vernon No. 2 at 44.67, Reeds Spring No. 3 at 39.29, Hollister No. 4 at 29.86, Aurora No. 6 at 24, Nevada No. 7 at 20.24, and Clinton No. 8 at 18.55.

It's possible Seneca can pass Hollister in the district standings over the final two weeks and earn a home game as the No. 4 seed rather than go on the road to Hollister. The Indians play a Class 4 school in McDonald County.

Hollister closes out the regular season with games against winless Logan-Rogersville and currently one-loss Mount Vernon. Mount Vernon battles one-loss Springfield Catholic in Week 8.