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Owls declaw Panthers 34-6

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Junior quarterback Austin Sutton had one of his finest games as Seymour’s quarterback on Friday night when he threw a career-high five touchdown passes to help the Owls to a 34-6 win over Jennings County at Bulleit Stadium.

Sutton, who completed 12 of 16 passes for 286 yards, threw three TD passes to Hunter Klakamp and two to Logan Richey.

Klakamp called it a team victory.

“Austin had a heck of a game. Jackson (Stuart) had a heck of a game, as well, and the defense played well,” he said. “It was real nice out here to win homecoming. We had a good crowd, a lot of energy, and we finally finished a game. We talked about finishing this week, and we really executed our plays like we wanted to.”

Owls coach Jeff Richey said, “Sutton had a nice evening. When we play with emotion, and when we play with some urgency, we do pretty well. It took us a while to get rolling, but we finally did. The touchdown right before halftime was big, and then to come back out and stick another one on right away at the beginning of the third quarter was huge.

“We play really well when things are going well. We’ve just got to learn to play when things don’t go quite as well, play with that same intensity and emotion. We’ve won two football games, and in both of those games, we’ve been error-free. We’ve done things really well.”

Jennings County had two possessions in the first quarter and lost the ball on downs both times.

The Owls were forced to punt on their first possession and missed a field-goal attempt on their next possession at the beginning of the second quarter.

After the Owls forced another punt later in the second quarter, Seymour drove for its first score — a 30-yard pass from Sutton to Klakamp.

Later in the quarter, the Owls forced another punt, and they needed only three plays to drive 57 yards for their second TD — a 27-yard pass from Sutton to Klakamp. Zach Schlatterer’s kick made it a 14-0 game with 27.5 seconds left until the half.

Seymour senior linebacker Jordan Kleber recovered a Preston Teltow fumble at the Seymour 14-yard line midway through the second quarter.

“I was getting off a block chasing after a play, and the ball popped up into my hands,” Kleber said of the only turnover in the game. “I didn’t want to be a hero and try to return it.”

Tommy Taylor, the Panthers’ regular tailback, suffered a knee injury two weeks ago and has missed the past two games. Kleber said the Owls did not know until just before the game that Taylor was not going to play.

“We did plan for Taylor to be in there, and it ended up he wasn’t,” he said. “Our game plan still stayed the same. They took their No. 1 key out, and they were forced to give it to (Teltow).”

Teltow gained 160 yards on 41 carries.

“We talked to them before the game and we told them the challenge tonight was to shut down the running game,” Richey said. “They gained some yards, but we didn’t break. We gave up six points to a team that can score some points. We did a nice job of shutting things down and taking advantage of the field positions we had.

“It was another one of those nights where the kids came to us with things they saw, and we went back and did some of what they thought would work.”

The Owls received the second-half kickoff, and sparked by the rushing of Jackson Stuart, marched for their third score of the night. Stuart gained 42 yards on four carries in the drive, and it ended when Sutton passed 19 yards to Richey for the score.

Seymour’s final two scores came on its first two possessions of the final quarter — on an 8-yard pass to Klakamp, and on a 26-yard throw to Richey.

Klakamp finished with 136 yards on five catches. Stuart had his finest rushing game of his career, gaining 102 yards on 13 carries.

“Jackson had a pretty good game for three days at fullback, so maybe next week, he’ll have an idea of what he’s doing and he’ll be really good,” Richey said. “He did a great job.”

Stuart filled on for Isaiah Thomas, who suffered an ankle injury during practice earlier in the week.

The Owls are 2-5 overall and 2-3 in the HHC, while the Panthers fell to 1-6 overall and 1-4 in the HHC. On Friday, Seymour travels to New Albany.

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