The past four years, one player has commanded the Seymour football team’s offense: Alan Perry.
Playing an astounding 43 games at quarterback, Perry has shouldered a lot of responsibility in his varsity career as an Owl.
In his senior season, Perry went out with a bang.
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Perry threw for 1,849 yards — completing 119 passes on 212 attempts (57 percent) — and 17 touchdowns in 2017 with a QB rating of 102.1.
On the ground, Perry rushed the ball 123 times for 654 yards and nine touchdowns.
At the end of the season, Perry was named All-Hoosier Hills Conference honorable mention. Just two QBs make the first and second teams in the HHC.
With all of his accomplishments this season, The Tribune has named Perry the 2017 Jackson County Football Player of the Year.
Going into the summer workouts, first-year Seymour football coach Mike Kelly had a strong first impression of Perry.
“I knew he was a guy who would work his tail off,” Kelly said. “He’s a guy who will give you every effort he has. We changed his role this year, compared to years past, and he was a sponge with what we did this year. He led by example. He has a lot of merit to what he says because guys know he has done things to put himself in a position to say something.”
In Kelly’s pro-style offense, Perry had to adjust to a new playbook.
He spent much more time under center this fall, a stark adjustment to the previous three years under former coach Josh Shattuck.
“There was an element of excitement but also an element of nervousness,” Perry said. “Anyone going into their senior year of football will be excited. To have coach Kelly come in and make the transition such a smooth one, that was really awesome. I couldn’t have asked for it to go any better. It was almost perfect.”
As the season unfolded, Perry said he felt he improved in a variety of skills.
“I felt I turned myself more into a quarterback under coach Kelly’s offense,” he said. “(Kelly) brought in coach (Jeff) Richey, and he’s a quarterback guru. In this offense, I had to make more decisions and throws. I thought that as the season went on I progressed more as a quarterback.”
Perry said he felt he played his best game against Jennings County when he threw for 225 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 96 yards and another two TDs.
“Overall, that was a successful game with running and throwing,” he said. “It was probably the most complete game I played all year.”
Kelly noticed the improvements by Perry as the season progressed.
“I thought he improved in his understanding of the scheme and his fundamentals with his footwork and mechanics,” Kelly said. “As he grew with the offense, so did his leadership. His ability to act as an extra coach on the field was valuable. He had several games where he played well and put us in position to win games.”
Seymour finished 4-6 on the season with the offense averaging 22 points per game.
In the sectional at Bulleit Stadium, the Owls fell to eventual Class 5A state champion Columbus East.
With Perry at the helm, the Owls finished with records of 2-8 (2014), 5-7 (2015), 8-4 (2016) and 4-6 (2017).
Perry ranks among the leaders in nearly every statistical offensive category in Seymour football history outside of receiving.
Over his career, Perry threw for 6,375 yards, 59 touchdowns and 34 interceptions. He ran for 2,777 yards and 44 touchdowns.
“I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to play and start for four years,” Perry said. “We have a great community behind this program at Seymour. To build each year, it’s something I will forever be grateful for to the community and coaches.”
Perry said he wouldn’t have changed anything about his football experience.
“My experience at Seymour was awesome,” he said. “I wouldn’t change a thing about it. My teammates that I grew close to, the community that was always behind us, the faculty, staff and administration, they all gave us the utmost support. I can’t imagine it being any better at any other school in the area. I can’t thank all of those people enough.”
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2017 Jackson County Football Player of the Year
Alan Perry, Seymour, senior, quarterback
Passing: 119 for 212 (57 percent), 1,849 yards, 17 TDs, 5 INT, 102.1 QB rating.
Rushing: 123 carries, 654 yards, 9 TDs.
Accolades: All-Hoosier Hills Conference honorable mention, four-time All-Jackson County team member, SHS offensive MVP.
Career statistics (43 games)
Passing: 485 for 853 (57 percent), 6,375 yards, 59 TDs, 34 INT.
Rushing: 548 carries, 2,777 yards, 44 TDs.
School records: Most touchdown passes for a career, highest passing percentage for a career.
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Joining Alan Perry on the 2017 All-Jackson County football team:
Haden Mettert, Seymour, junior, tackle
Accomplishments: Helped SHS offense average 192 receiving and 135 rushing yards per game.
Kody Engleking, Seymour, senior, center
Accomplishments: SHS lineman MVP, helped SHS offense average 192 receiving and 135 rushing yards per game.
Jack Roberts, Seymour, junior, tight end
Key stats: 17 receptions, 298 receiving yards, 1 TD.
Accomplishments: Second-most receiving yards in HHC for tight ends.
Tyler Bullard, Seymour, senior, wide receiver
Key stats: 36 receptions, 681 yards, 5 TDs.
Accomplishments: All-Hoosier Hills Conference, second in HHC in receiving yards.
Brendan McCartney, Seymour, senior, defensive line
Key stats: 78 tackles (46 solo), 5 sacks, 1 fumble recovery, 5 tackles for loss.
Accomplishments: All-HHC honorable mention, second in HHC for tackles and sacks at position.
Caleb Madden, Seymour, junior, defensive/offensive line
Key stats: 30 tackles (25 solo), 1 tackle for loss.
Accomplishments: Only true two-way player for SHS.
Justice Perry, Seymour, junior, linebacker
Key stats: 93 tackles (62 solo), 1 fumble recovery, 1 interception.
Accomplishments: All-HHC honorable mention, SHS defensive MVP, second in HHC for tackles at position.
Devin Hill, Seymour, junior, linebacker/tight end
Key stats: 69 tackles (42 solo), 1 fumble recovery, 3 tackles for loss, 17 receptions for 198 yards, 5 receiving TDs.
Dustin Metz, Seymour, senior, outside linebacker/defensive end
Key stats: 71 tackles (47 solo), 3.5 sacks, 1 fumble recovery, 5 tackles for loss.
Gus Hogan, Brownstown Central, quarterback/defensive back
Key stats: 118 rushing attempts for 553 yards, 11 rushing TD, 33-for-50 passing (66 percent), 4 passing TDs, 23 punts (36.8 yards average).
Accomplishments: All-Mid-Southern Conference, BC MVP.
Stuart Hayden, Brownstown Central, senior, center
Accomplishments: All-MSC, BC mental attitude award, helped BC offense average 309 rushing yards, 46 passing yards and 34 points per game.
Noah Reynolds, Brownstown Central, senior, defensive end
Key stats: 27 tackles (10 solo), 6 sacks, 9 tackles for loss.
Accomplishments: All-MSC, BC most outstanding defensive line/middle linebacker.
Colton Ritz, Brownstown Central, senior, running back/defensive back
Key stats: 85 rushing attempts, 874 rushing yards, 7 rushing TDs, 6 receptions for 87 yards, 1 receiving TD.
Accomplishments: All-MSC, BC outstanding offensive back.
Lendon Underwood, Brownstown Central, senior, offensive/defensive line
Key stats: 35 tackles (14 solo), 3 sacks, 4 tackles for loss, helped BC offense average 309 rushing yards, 46 passing yards and 34 points per game.
Accomplishments: IFCA Class 3A All-State Senior, All-MSC, BC most outstanding lineman, BC black jersey award, Mason Watson Memorial Award.
Payton Barker, Brownstown Central, senior, linebacker
Key stats: 24 tackles (8 solo), 1 sack, 4 tackles for loss, 1 interception.
Accomplishments: All-MSC honorable mention, BC outstanding defensive back/outside linebacker.
Caleb Bollinger, Brownstown Central, junior, running back/defensive back
Key stats: 65 rushing attempts for 625 yards, 6 rushing TDs, 7 receptions for 79 yards.
Accomplishments: All-MSC honorable mention.
Ethan Sevakis, Brownstown Central, sophomore, kicker
Key stats: 43 for 46 on PATs, 3 for 6 on field goals (long of 27), kickoff average of 50.6 yards.
Accomplishments: BC most outstanding special teams.
Brendan Patman, Brownstown Central, senior, guard
Accomplishments: Helped BC offense average 309 rushing yards, 46 passing yards and 34 points per game.
Luke Shelton, Brownstown Central, junior, linebacker
Key stats: 49 tackles (21 solo) 3 sacks, 10 tackles for loss.
Matthew Bell, Brownstown Central, junior, defensive end
Key stats: 68 rushing attempts for 381 yards, 5 rushing TD, 5 receptions for 34 yards, 39 tackles (16 solo), 3 sacks, 5 tackles for loss.
Jacob Rowe, Trinity Lutheran, senior, wide receiver
Key stats: 29 receptions for 466 yards and 6 TDs.
Bryce Lister, Trinity Lutheran, senior, linebacker/running back
Key stats: 46 tackles, 70 rushing attempts for 404 yards.
Accomplishments: TL senior award.
Tyler Goecker, Trinity Lutheran, freshman, quarterback/defensive back
Key stats: 113 for 149 passing for 1,432 yards, 15 passing TD, 57 rushing attempts for 411 yards, 42 tackles.
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Alan Perry has broken numerous records over his four-year career at Seymour High School. Perry finished in the top three in the following categories:
Points scored career: 288 (third)
Total offense (career): 9,152 (first)
Total offense (season): 2,923 (second, 2015)
Most rushing attempts (career): 548 (second)
Most rushing attempts (season) 202 (third, 2016)
Most rushing touchdowns (career): 44 (second)
Most rushing touchdowns (season): 23 (first, 2016)
Most touchdowns rushing (game): 4 (tie for third, 2016)
Most passing attempts (career): 853 (first)
Most passing attempts (season): 302 (first, 2015)
Most pass completions (career): 485 (first)
Most pass completions (season): 198 (first, 2015)
Most pass completions (game): 22 (third, 2015)
Most touchdown passes (career): 59 (first)
Highest passing percentage (career): .569 (first)
Highest passing percentage (season): .656 (first, 2015)
Most yards passing (career): 6,375 (first)
Most yards passing (season) 2,318 (second, 2015)