CASSVILLE — The Seneca Indians and the Cassville Wildcats have played some great football games over the years.
Unfortunately, at least for Seneca, Friday night’s Big 8 Conference West clash at Wildcat Stadium proved one-sided great as Cassville rolled up a 48-7 halftime lead en route to a 62-27 win.
Cassville improved to 4-0 overall and 2-0 Big 8, while Seneca dropped to 1-3 and 1-1.
Cassville tallied over 600 yards of total offense and scored nine touchdowns.
Ethan Hoppes and Bowen Preddy completed a hook and ladder for a 62-yard touchdown, setting the tone early for the rest of the evening, especially in the first half.
Anthony Tolbert scored on three runs in the first half, from 16, 61, and 56 yards out, while Preddy caught a 36-yard TD pass from Shannon Haney, Zack Coenen scored on a 52-yard run, and Hoppes returned an interception 36 yards for a score.
The Indians cut the deficit to 13-7 on a Trey Wilson 2-yard run — set up by Wilson’s 58-yard run — but the Wildcats rattled off 35 unanswered points.
Wilson returned kickoffs 95 and 98 yards for scores in the second half, two of the Indians’ biggest highlights on an otherwise dark and dreary night even if the sun was out bright and shining in Cassville.
The Indians surpassed their loss total from all of last season, a 9-2 campaign in head coach Ryan McFarland’s second season.
Season No. 3 has been no picnic, especially for the Indians defense, which has surrendered 152 points over four games or 38 points allowed per game.
By comparison, during the regular season last season, Seneca allowed 130 points in nine games and nearly one-third of those points came in a 42-13 loss to Lamar, the team which currently holds the nation’s longest winning streak.
Speaking of Lamar, the Indians return home in Week 5 and welcome the unbeaten Tigers, who last lost a football game when Barack Obama was President, the final game of the 2014 regular season against former Big 8 rival Carl Junction.
Seneca last won against Lamar in the 2012 season.