AURORA — The Seneca Indians remained one of two Big 8 Conference unbeatens by holding on tightly for a 15-14 win Friday night over the Aurora Houn’ Dawgs.

The Indians took a 14-0 lead into the fourth quarter and had to hold off a hard-charging Aurora team playing on its Homecoming.

Aurora quarterback J.D. Lee provided the Houn’ Dawgs their first points on a touchdown run and the conversion pass failed, Seneca ahead 15-6 with 9 minutes, 8 seconds remaining. Lee finished with 70 yards rushing on 14 carries.

Aurora’s Logan Lauffer, who’s been explosive in recent wins against East Newton and Monett, found the end zone for the first and only time against Seneca and then Lee hit Clayton Dunning for two points and a 15-14 Seneca lead with only 97 seconds remaining on the clock.

Seneca recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock to improve to 6-0 overall and 4-0 Big 8.

Aurora dropped to 3-3 overall and 2-2 Big 8.

Seneca quarterback Gavin Clouse, who’s made so much progress in his second season behind center, scored the only points of the first half on a 7-yard run.

Clouse hit Max Roark on a 13-yard touchdown pass and then No. 3 ran in the two-point conversion for a 15-0 lead after an Aurora penalty. The Indians went ahead 15-0 at 5:54 of the third quarter.

Seneca remains the Class 3, District 4 leader at 49.33 points, followed by Mount Vernon at 42, Reeds Spring 41.17, Cassville 38.85, Aurora 31.52, Monett 26.54, Hollister 23.5, and East Newton 14.59.

The Indians return to the friendly confines of Earl Campbell Stadium in Week 7 to face conference and district rival Cassville. The Indians and the Wildcats have played some great snotknockers over the years, both in the regular season and the postseason.

Last season, Cassville defeated Seneca 59-26 and the Indians have lost to the Wildcats three straight regular seasons.

In Seneca’s great playoff run of 2013, however, the Indians defeated Cassville twice, 26-7 in the regular season and 20-13 in the district playoffs.

Cassville enters Friday night’s game 4-2 on the season after the Wildcats’ 21-0 win over Monett in the “Barry County Brawl.”