LAMAR — The Seneca Indians partook in some history for the second week in a row against a state-ranked Big 8 Conference West rival.
Last week, Seneca became the first team to defeat Cassville in the regular season since 2017 … Seneca beat Cassville in that previous game late in the season.
On Friday night, Seneca defeated Lamar 15-11 and in the process the Indians gave the Tigers their first consecutive losses since the 2012 season when Seneca and Cassville defeated Lamar in Week 2 and Week 3 seven years ago.
Seneca and Lamar proved to wage a proverbial dogfight and neither team scored until the second half — Lamar broke first with a touchdown pass with 5 minutes, 29 seconds remaining in the third quarter. The Tigers set themselves up with a short field after an interception.
Only 13 seconds later, though, Seneca tied it up at 8 with a Trey Wilson 60-yard TD run and a successful two-point conversion.
Late in the third, Lamar went ahead 11-8 on a field goal.
Seneca’s second standout senior running back Monty Mailes scored the winning touchdown on a 20-yard run with 7:55 remaining in regulation.
The Indians’ defense did the rest and they are rolling right now, allowing 21 points or less since a 41-26 loss in the season opener against Springfield Catholic that saw the Indians surrender a 20-0 lead on their home field.
Seneca — 4-1 with four straight wins — returns home in Week 6 for a huge Big 8 West contest against Monett. The Cubs stand at 3-2 overall after their 46-14 victory over Logan-Rogersville.
Seneca and Monett carries not only Big 8 West significance, but district magnitude on an epic scale. The Cubs and the Indians are currently No. 3 and No. 4 in the district standings — Monett 41.2, Seneca 38.6 points.
Unbeaten Mount Vernon stands at top with 45.5 points, followed by Cassville (41.3), Monett, Seneca, Reeds Spring (34.6), Hollister (30.6), Aurora (20.1), and Nevada (14).
Seneca owns a head-to-head tiebreaker against Cassville and Reeds Spring, while Cassville owns one against Monett.
Seneca plays Mount Vernon in Week 7.