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Seymour football coach Jeff Richey knew his team would have to play a near-perfect football game Friday night in order to upset No. 2 Jasper in the semifinals of the Class 4A Sectional 16 at Bulleit Stadium.
A steady rain in the first half spoiled those plans, and the Wildcats scored on their first possession of the night, built their lead to 35-0 at the half and went home with a 45-13 win.
The Wildcats received the opening kickoff, and Devon Traylor returned the ball 55 yards to the Seymour 35. On the next play, Cole Sermersheim ran 35 yards, and the conversion made it a 7-0 game at 11:42.
The Owls put together an 11-play drive and drove to the Jasper 10-yard line before Austin Sutton threw the first of his three interceptions.
Seymour had seven possessions in the first half, and the Owls had to punt twice, ran out of downs twice and had three interceptions.
The Owls were unable to get their running game going on a consistent basis. They had three first downs on their first possession, but they only had one in the second quarter and none in the third quarter.
“We just don’t move people very well sometimes,” Richey said. “Tonight, it was wet, and evidently, we are not a very good wet football team. We’ve been fortunate this season and a lot of weeks when it was supposed to rain and it didn’t. We were able to throw the ball and do some things. That’s one of those things that happens, and I’d like to see what happens on a dry field where we can throw a little bit. But that’s not how it worked out, and you take this and you go on.”
Jasper held a 45-0 lead going into the fourth quarter before the Owls moved the ball on the ground for their two touchdowns.
Following a Jasper punt, the Owls drove 71 yards on eight plays, with Sutton scoring on a 1-yard quarterback sneak.
After the Wildcats fumbled, the Owls had to go only 27 yards in five plays, and that drive was capped off by Jackson Stuart scoring on a 3-yard run.
Sutton was able to complete only 1 of 11 passes for 17 yards, and he turned to his running game and topped the team with 109 yards on 23 carries.
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