SENECA — The unbeaten Mount Vernon Mountaineers kept the Seneca Indians off the scoreboard until the fourth quarter and came away with a 21-12 victory at Earl Campbell Stadium.
Senior running backs Trey Wilson and Monty Mailes scored the touchdowns for the Indians with 7 minutes, 20 seconds and 2:37 remaining, respectively.
The Mountaineers scored all their points in the first half, their first 14 points from a pair of Zach Jones touchdown passes, 11 yards to Mason Ballay for the game’s first points and then 2 yards to Cale Miller for a 12-0 lead 42 seconds past the halfway point of the second quarter. Jones hit Rafe Darter on the conversion pass for a 14-0 lead.
Then, in a demoralizing play late in the half for the Indians, Mount Vernon’s Aaron Day picked off a pass and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown and 21-0 halftime lead.
Seneca dropped to 4-3 overall and the Indians’ three losses have all been at home (Springfield Catholic 41-26, Monett 35-28, Mount Vernon 21-12). The Indians will attempt to avoid a three-game winning streak when they make a trek across Newton County to face their conference and former district rival East Newton (1-6).
The Patriots fell to 1-6 after their 47-0 defeat Friday night against 5-2 Monett.
Seneca remained in fifth in the Class 3, District 6 standings or fourth since the Indians won the head-to-head earlier this season against No. 4 Reeds Spring. The Mountaineers (7-0) remained the top seed in District 6 with 45.76 points, followed by Cassville (43.33), Monett (42.29), Reeds Spring (34.24), Seneca (33.62), Hollister (30.43), Aurora (17.9), and Nevada (14.86).