Owls laud seniors but fall to New Albany


New Albany opened up a 28-7 lead at the end of the first half and went on to a 35-20 win against Seymour on senior night Friday at Bulleit Stadium.

The Owls wore pink jerseys during Cancer Awareness Night in a Hoosier Hills Conference game.

“They are a very talented football team, and we didn’t do a very good job handling their speed,” Owls coach Mike Kelly said. “We gave up some significant big plays in the first half, and those are the things you can’t do. That was one thing, and another aspect was the penalties. Our margin for errors is very minimal.”

Both teams scored on their first possessions of the game.

The Owls received the opening kickoff and moved the ball 65 yards in six plays for the score.

Alan Perry completed passes to Alazae Louden and Jack Roberts totaling 27 yards. Perry ran twice for 35 yards, including the final 20 for the score, and Jacob Kriete kicked the PAT for a 7-0 lead at 8:51.

The Bulldogs were without Darquan Richardson, who ranked third in the state in rushing with 206 yards per game.

Other players picked up the slack, as Dylan Clark and Devon Gummer teamed up on an 80-yard pass play for TD.

Later in the opening period, Clark passed 63 yards to Austin Oppel for another touchdown.

Gummer and Oppel added touchdowns for the visitors in the second period.

Following their first touchdown, the Owls were forced to punt on their next three possessions and gave up the ball on downs on their second possession of the second period.

They had the ball as time expired at the end of the half.

Perry completed 9 of 15 passes for 129 yards and rushed 90 yards on 13 carries in the first half. He finished with 18 passes of 29 for 259 yards, and he rushed 19 times for 121 yards.

The leading receivers were Tyler Bullard with seven catches for 113 yards and Louden with six catches for 94 yards.

The Owls were hurt by five penalties in the second quarter.

The only touchdown in the third quarter was scored by Devin Hill on a 3-yard pass from Perry with 1:26 on the clock. Perry rushed five times and gained 34 yards during the drive.

Oppel scored another touchdown on a short run in the fourth quarter and rushed for 146 yards on 28 carries for his third touchdown of the night.

Perry completed a 14-yard pass to Louden for Seymour’s final touchdown with 1:51. During the drive, Perry completed four passes for 57 yards.

The Owls (3-5, 2-4 HHC) will be on the road at Madison next Friday night.

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