East rolls to win over Owls

The Columbus East football team rolled to a 69-12 victory against host Seymour on Friday night.

It was a big effort by the Olympians, who raised their record to 3-0 overall after coming off an emotional rivalry win a week ago against Columbus North.

The Owls, who fell to 0-3, had played solid football the first two games of the season in narrow losses to Silver Creek and Jeffersonville. Seymour had the lead in both those games in the second half.

It was no contest, though, against the Olympians, who used a balance offense to rout the host team.

East quarterback Josh Major, starting a third consecutive game in place of injured senior K.J. McCarter, hooked up with junior wide receiver Cameron Wilson on a pair of long touchdown passes. Wilson caught a 63-yard pass from Major in the first quarter to give East a 21-0 lead. He added a 47-yard scoring reception in the second half.

Major finished the game with 178 yards passing and three touchdowns while Wilson had the two catches for 110 yards.

The Olympians took care of the rest of the job with their rushing attack. Senior tailback Steven O’Neal couldn’t be stopped early as he ran for 58- and 61-yard scoring receptions in the first quarter to put East on top 14-6.

O’Neal rushed only six times, but had 159 yards on the ground. Major added 56 yards rushing and scored one touchdown. Major’s other passing touchdown went to senior tight end Rhett Myers, who caught a 41-yard scoring strike.

East head coach Bob Gaddis said he was concerned because Seymour had used two different defensive fronts in its opening two games. However, the Olympians offensive line dominated from beginning to end.

Lightning delayed the contest which East led 35-12 at the half.

Seymour actually led when Alan Perry ran 11 yards for a touchdown and scored a second quarter touchdown as Jackson Morris caught an 81-yard pass from Perry.

Also scoring for Columbus East were Ben Clancy on a 40-yard rush, Sam Dwenger on an eight-yard run, Jaiden Miller on a three-yard run and Thomas Myers on a five-yard run.