Seymour ousts Panthers from playoffs

SEYMOUR — Seymour played what coach Josh Shattuck said was a complete game to top Jennings County 43-0 in the Class 4A Sectional 23 semifinals Friday night.

“Offensively Jennings County did some good things, which we knew they would,” Shattuck said. “Our defense was phenomenal.”

The Owls (8-3) took advantage of a fumble recovery and a pass interception to score touchdowns and held a 20-0 lead at the half. Seymour recovered two fumbles and intercepted two passes.

Dustin Metz recovered a Jennings County fumble on the opening kickoff. The Owls took over on the Jennings 37-yard line and scored in four plays, with Zach Carpenter running 29 yards.

Midway through the second period Devin Hill intercepted a Panther pass and returned it 64 yards for a score to give the Owls a 12-0 lead as the PAT pass failed.

Later in the second quarter, Seymour forced Jennings (1-10) to punt. The Owls began a drive at their own 29-yard line and ran eight plays, with Alan Perry scoring on a 1-yard quarterback sneak. Carpenter ran the conversion to make the score 20-0 with 1:23 left in the half.

Carpenter had a big first half, running for 70 yards on eight carries, and Perry gained 43 yards on eight carries.

In the third quarter, Morris scored on a 36-yard run and Perry scored on a 1-yard run. Seymour rounded out the scoring in the fourth quarter on a Colin McCartney 10-yard run.

The Panthers had a 10-play drive late in the first quarter that ended with an interception, and they had an eight-play drive late in the third and fourth quarter.

Jennings had eight first downs. Brock Ernstes and Justin Rennemeier shard quarterback duties for the Panthers.

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Arv Koontz is a sports correspondent for The (Seymour) Tribune.