Owls can’t keep up with Floyd Central


Floyd Central held a 17-7 lead at half time and scored two touchdowns each in the third and fourth quarters to defeat Seymour 43-21 in a Hoosier Hills Conference game Friday.

Seymour scored twice in the fourth quarter on 5- and 14-yard passes from Alan Perry to Cam Blanton.

The first touchdown pass was helped by a 70-yard pass from Perry to Tyler Bullard.

Perry finished with 8 for 19 for 188 yards, and he rushed for 65 yards.

The Owls took advantage of a Highlander fumble to score the first touchdown of the game. Alex Toppe recovered for the Owls at the Floyd Central 16-yard line.

The Owls drove 16 yards in three plays as Perry scored on a 5-yard run, and Jacob Kriete kicked the PAT for a 7-0 lead at 1:36.

The Owls held the lead heading into the second period, but the Highlanders answered with two touchdowns, and Cole Hussung kicked a 31-yard field goal on the final play of the half.

Floyd’s touchdowns came on a 35-yard pass from Matt Weimer to Jon Gunn, and on a 3-yard run by Jason Cundiff.

Cundiff finished with 116 yards rushing, plus a kickoff return in the fourth quarter for a 99-yard score.

The Owls received the opening kickoff and moved the ball to the FC 12-yard line before being stopped.

Nathan O’Mara gained 17 yards on three carries before sustaining a shoulder injury and leaving the game.

Blanton took over for O’Mara at running back and gained 21 yards in the first half and finished with 33 yards on 12 carries.

Perry and Jack Roberts teamed up on four pass completions for 67 yards in the first half.

“They were able to move the ball at will through their running game and they started running their buck sweep on us and we struggled defensively,” Owls coach Mike Kelly said. “We’ve got to eliminate big plays defensively, and offensively we did not make enough big plays.

“We’ve got to work and challenge ourselves and challenge the team and make sure we’re working on things we can do. We’re not sure of the extent of O’Mara’s injury. He’s a big part of our game plan and not having him affects that game plan.”

Blanton took the bulk of O’Mara’s carries once he left the field.

“Blanton is a hard runner and he is going to get you 4 or 5 yards consistently,” Kelly said. “He’s not going to get the 25-yard or 30-yard run, but he is going to run hard.”

The Highlanders came out with a strong running game in the third quarter and ran 11 straight plays on their first two possessions and scored twice.

The first score was a 55-yard run by Cundiff, and the second score was a 1-yard run by Devon Stikes.

Stikes added a 21-yard run for his second touchdown of the night on the Highlander’s first possession of the fourth quarter.

The Owls (1-3, 0-3 HHC) will be at home Friday hosting Bedford North Lawrence.