SEYMOUR — Seymour’s football team built up a 21-0 lead over Franklin on Friday night at Bulleit Stadium in the season opener for both teams.
The Owls held that 21-point lead with five minutes remaining in the second quarter, but they were unable to score the remainder of the game and lost 28-21 in overtime.
Owls coach Jeff Richey blamed the loss on too many mistakes, as he saw his team throw three interceptions, lose two fumbles and be called for 10 penalties.
“It’s hard to overcome three interceptions and two fumbles,” Richey said.
“We’re not good enough to overcome that many mistakes. We missed a field goal, and we missed an extra point.”
Midway through the first period, the Grizzly Cubs faced a third-and-6 situation at their own 23-yard line.
The ball was hiked over quarterback Nik Berry’s head, and Jordan Kleber recovered for the Owls at the Franklin 3-yard line.
Tanner Belcher scored on the next play for a 6-0 lead for the Owls with 4:12 on the clock.
Austin Sutton completed two touchdown passes for the Owls in the second quarter. The first was a 70-yard play to Belcher.
The Owls missed their extra-point kick following their first score, so Richey had his team try for two points the next time, and Sutton passed to Hunter Klakamp for the conversion and a 14-0 score at 10:19 of the second period.
The Grizzly Cubs ran out of downs midway through the second period, and the Owls marched 49 yards in nine plays for their third score, a 19-yard pass from Sutton to Jackson Stuart.
Zach Schlatterer’s kick made it a 21-0 game with five minutes left in the half.
Franklin took advantage of a 5-yard punt by Seymour late in the half to move the ball 26 yards in three plays, and Nick King scored on a 7-yard pass from Berry with 28 seconds left in the quarter.
Franklin moved the ball with more consistency in the second half, scoring on a 4-yard run by Ross Barr at 4:49 of the third period and on a 2-yard run by Barr just 50 seconds later.
Barr scored on a 7-yard run in overtime for the winning touchdown.
Seymour then tried three running plays and a pass but failed to score.
The Owls rushed for 134 yards, with Klakamp leading the team with 75 yards on 11 carries.
Barr topped the Grizzly Cubs with 115 yards rushing on 28 carries, and Mason Clark added 81 yards on 11 carries.
Sutton completed 11 of 26 passes for 185 yards. Klakamp topped the team in receiving with five catches for 58 yards.
Seymour’s penalties added up to 79 yards, while Franklin had six penalties for 50 yards.
The Owls had 14 first downs, while.
The Grizzly Cubs had 13 first downs and 206 yards of offense.
Seymour opens conference slate Friday by playing host to Jeffersonville.
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