SEYMOUR — Seymour’s offense shifted into high gear on Friday night against Floyd Central, and the Owls rolled to a 42-27 Hoosier Hills Conference win at Bulleit Stadium.
The game was called by officials because of lightning with 2:18 remaining in the fourth quarter.
The Owls piled up 421 yards on the ground, with Tanner Belcher leading the way with 245 yards on 21 carries. Belcher scored touchdowns of 80 and 54 yards. Hunter Klakamp had an 85-yard run only to be caught from behind at the Highlanders’ 5-yard line, and that play set up another touchdown.
“I couldn’t have done it without my line, not just my line, my receivers, my quarterback, everybody,” Belcher said. “We started running to the left a lot. Isaiah (Thomas) helped me out, helped me block.”
Logan Richey had a key block during Belcher’s 80-yard run.
The Owls also had 125 yards rushing, making their 546 yards of total offense and 42 points both season highs.
“It’s kind of what we’ve been waiting for,” Owls coach Jeff Richey said. “We thought Tanner Belcher was going to be a really good player for us, and he sure picked it up for us tonight and had a great night. We came right back with Klakamp, and he did a great job, and Isaiah Thomas tonight played like a man. He’s going to be a heck of a football player here for us in a little bit. He got started tonight, and his blocking was really, really good. That’s what we’ve been looking for.
“We were pretty efficient. We should have scored a couple more times when we got in the red zone, and that is something we’ve got to get fixed.”
The Highlanders drove 82 yards on their first possession and scored on a 3-yard run by Garry Posey at 3:35 of the first period. Posey also scored on runs of 19 and 22 yards and led the Highlanders’ rushing attack with 223 yards on 31 carries.
“The whole thing was making sure we kept him in front of us,” Richey said of Posey. “We made them drive the football. They do a great job of what they do. They’re a power football team, and if they get behind, they struggle a little bit because they don’t throw the ball as well as they have in the past. We got them in that situation where they had to throw, and we got a pick early.”
The Owls had a big second quarter, as they scored on their first three possessions — on a 23-yard pass form Austin Sutton to Richey, on a 9-yard run by Sutton and on a 54-yard run by Belcher.
Sutton and Richey teamed up on a 19-yard pass for another score at 7:07 of the third quarter, and Sutton ran 14 yards for his second TD with 6:18 left in the game.
Richey topped the Owls in receiving with three catches for 60 yards.
The Owls did not have any turnovers, while Jackson Stuart came up with an interception and Chandler Miller had a fumble recovery that set up Sutton’s touchdown in the second period.
“It feels great, especially after the rough start Seymour had,” Miller said. “Posey was pretty good running it up the middle and to the outside. I will give him credit, he had a good game tonight. The game plan, especially up front, was to squeeze them down and force them to the outside corners and our linebackers could pick that up.”
The Owls (1-2, 1-3) will travel to Bedford North Lawrence on Friday for another HHC game.
“We’re going to take the win,” Richey said. “It’s been a long time coming. It’s nice to beat a team like Floyd Central. It’s a good win for us.”
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