SENECA — The Seneca Indians scored 49 points in the first half en route to a commanding 55-8 victory Friday night over Newton County and Big 8 Conference West rival East Newton at Earl Campbell Stadium.
Seneca running back Trey Wilson scored the first three touchdowns and generated over 100 yards on his three scores, two rushing and one receiving. Wilson opened the scoring with a 7-yard run, caught a 26-yard TD pass from Gavin Clouse, and closed out his touchdowns in style with a 74-yard run.
Senior quarterback Clouse added a 13-yard run for that 28-0 lead.
The Indians converted a pair of two-point plays in the first quarter with an Eli Dodson run and a pass from Clouse to Parker Wolfinbarger.
The Indians opened their second quarter scoring with a 17-yard pass from Clouse to Monty Mailes and then Dillon Myers scored on 54- and 6-yard runs to help Seneca earn its 49-0 halftime lead. Garret Babbitt kicked all three extra points after a first quarter when the Indians tried two-point conversions after every touchdown.
Lance Stephens ended Seneca’s scoring with a 1-yard run in the third quarter.
The Patriots scored all eight of their points on a 68-yard touchdown pass from Jeremiah Stewart to Hunter Liveoak. Colton Leach made the conversion run.
Seneca improved to 3-5 overall and 3-2 Big 8 West and East Newton dropped to 0-8 and 0-6.
The Indians stayed fifth in the Class 3, District 6 standings with 28.27 points and trail No. 4 Hollister by just two points headed into the final week of the regular season. Seneca gained a little bit of ground on Hollister though both teams earned victories in Week 8; Seneca helped its cause with a 47-point victory.
Hollister (4-4) takes on District 6 No. 2 Mount Vernon (7-1), while Seneca travels to Anderson to face Class 4 McDonald County (3-5).
Seneca and McDonald County are headed in opposite directions at the moment, with the Indians earning wins in two of their last three games (49-28 over Monett, 55-8 over East Newton) while the Mustangs have lost three straight games (Cassville 37-6, Lamar 45-13, and Monett 18-12) since a 3-2 start.
Seneca dispensed McDonald County 41-14 last season.
East Newton, meanwhile, lost its 20th consecutive game and the Patriots will try and avoid their second winless regular season in a row with a tough regular season finale against Big 8 East foe Springfield Catholic (6-2). The Patriots remain seventh in the Class 2, District 4 standings and thus would avoid the fate of playing seven-time defending Class 2 state champions Lamar in the opening round of districts.
The Fighting Irish have generated 253 points this season, while the Patriots have surrendered 372 and generated only 42.