CASSVILLE — Just a couple days after Halloween, the Seneca Indians definitely gave unbeaten Cassville a major scare in the Class 3, District 4 semifinals.

Seneca entered the fourth quarter down 35-15, but scored a pair of touchdowns and seemed to have the magic touch recovering onside kicks en route to a 35-29 final score.

The Indians had the potential go-ahead drive going late in the fourth, but it stalled out about 15 yards from paydirt. Cassville stacked up Seneca on a pair of rushing plays, batted down a pass, and Andrew Prier sacked Seneca senior quarterback Gavin Clouse on a fourth-and-11 play to seal the victory for the 11-0 Wildcats.

The fourth did not exactly start on the right note, with Clouse being intercepted on the very first play of the quarter.

However, Trey Wilson scored on a touchdown run with 5 minutes, 11 seconds remaining in regulation and the Indians recovered an onside.

On the ensuing possession, Wilson scored on another TD run and the Indians scored two to make it 35-29 Cassville with 4:20 left.

That's when Seneca recovered another onside.

Cassville started the scoring in the first quarter with an Anthony Tolbert 17-yard run, set up by a 34-yard pass from Shannon Haney to D.J. White.

Seneca put together its first scoring drive late in the first and early in the second, with three points coming on a 23-yard field goal.

The Wildcats took a 14-3 lead on Haney's 33-yard touchdown run, with 4:02 before halftime, then the Indians answered in 57 seconds with a Wilson 57-yard run setting up his own 5-yard TD run. The two-point conversion failed.

Haney scored on a 1-yard run 36 seconds before halftime and Cassville led 21-9 at halftime, but Tolbert left the game with an injury after going down on a 57-yard run.

Just 18 seconds into the second half, Haney scored on a 17-yard run and Cassville built a 28-9 advantage. Jericho Farris returned the kickoff down to the Seneca 17.
Monty Mailes scored Seneca's first second half points on a 13-yard TD run and Farris, in for the injured Tolbert and Bowen Preddy, closed out the third with a 18-yard TD run.

Seneca, who once stood at 1-5 on the season with losses to some of the best teams in Southwest Missouri, finished 5-6 on the season after getting healthier and playing its best football late in the season.

Cassville, 11-0, advanced to Friday's district championship game against Mount Vernon (10-1), who dispatched Reeds Spring 43-7 in the other semifinal. The Mountaineers' only loss this season came against Reeds Spring, by one point in Week 4.

The Mountaineers are the defending district champions, and own a 5-0 away record this season, including their district victory over Reeds Spring.