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EVANSVILLE — Two things that have hurt the Seymour football team this fall have been the Owls falling behind early and opponents with a lot of speed.
Evansville Central scored touchdowns on the first five possessions Friday night to hold a 35-0 lead at the end of the first quarter and went on to a 77-28 win in a Class 4A Sectional 24 game.
“We can’t compete with that athleticism,” Owls coach Josh Shattuck said.
The Owls simply could not contain tailbacks Avlon Sullivan and Tias Stewart and quarterback Austin Fuchs.
Sullivan carried the ball three times in the first quarter and scored touchdowns on scores of 39, 81 and 39 yards, and scored on a 94-yard kickoff return in the second quarter.
Stewart, who leads the city of Evansville in rushing, topped the 2,000 mark for the season.
The Owls punted three times, lost a fumble and ran out of downs in the first quarter.
Seymour’s defense held the Bears midway through the second quarter and only had to march 38 yards for their first score, which came on a 32-yard pass from Austin Sutton to Zach Schlatterer. Sutton passed 32 yards to Stephen Holt for a TD with 18 seconds left in the half.
Caleb Monroe scored on an 11-yard run at 4:58 of the third quarter, and then Evens Cribs closed out the scoring with a 17-yard run.
Sutton completed 12 of 25 passes for 161 yards. Holt had two catches for 55 yards, and Schlatterer had three catches for 45 yards.
Shattuck told the players and their parents after the game, “Unfortunately in every game, someone has to win and someone has to lose. It’s harder when you lose. What you get out of this has to make you better.”
He encouraged the underclassmen to work hard in the offseason “so this doesn’t happen next season,” he said.
“The kids are resilient,” he added. “They gave us an effort, but they’ve got to give more athleticism, speed and strength. You guys did the work. I’m proud to be in this circle.”
The Owls finished 0-10, while the Bears are 7-3 and advance to play Jasper.
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