Owls overpower Jennings County 47-7 for second straight win


Fans always look at the number on the left first, and Seymour put up a mighty impressive number in that slot Friday night.

But despite a 47-7 victory over Jennings County, the offense should give props to the defense.

Seymour’s football team won its second straight game at Bulleit Stadium and had no more difficulty registering this victory than it did a week ago, 35-0 over Madison.

This is probably a pretty proud defense at this point, coach Tyson Moore’s group allowing just seven points in its last 96 minutes of football.

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Not that the offense was a bunch of slackers with quarterback Cody Ruble tossing four touchdown passes, three to freshman Bret Perry and one to Drew Vehslage.

And back Colin Greathouse lived up to his name. He was both great and was a threat to take the ball to the house several different times. He collected 98 yards rushing, but it seemed the way he busted through holes outrunning Panther defenders, he could have gone all of the way regularly.

After an 0-2 start in Moore’s first season that seemed alarming, the Owls have smoothed things out, going to a speed-up attack that has kept opponents huffing and puffing trying to keep up.

Perry made an impact, including one somewhat acrobatic, one-handed catch, but the defense was almost as showy.

Seymour scored early and often, going ahead 7-0, 13-0 and 19-0, before 0-4 Jennings pulled together its one long drive of the day in the first half, culminating a 71-yard possession with a short run. But touchdowns became an endangered species for the Panthers after that.

Defensive back Evan Smith, who earlier in the year intercepted a pass and ran it home for a TD, did it again in the third quarter. His pick and dash to the end zone came on a 19-yard return.

That was Smith’s second interception of this game, and he surely will not appear on the Panthers’ Christmas card list. Fellow defender Treyton McCormick also came up with an interception and a fumble recovery.

The defense accounted for five turnovers, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries. The defenders also sneaked a sack in there and held the Panthers on a fourth down play when the game was closer.

Ruble guided the air game and occasionally held onto the ball for key gains on short yardage needs, but Greathouse, who scored the second touchdown, seemed to be impossible to tackle for the Panthers. He set up his own TD in the first quarter on a pass reception that he toted down the left side for 34 yards.

He also notched runs of 18, 13, and 27 yards, pretty much giving Jennings’ defense heartburn whenever he tucked the ball into his belly.

Late in the game, with Seymour in charge, it appeared the Owls would pretty much just run out the clock. It was 40-7, and there was no opportunity for Jennings to catch up.

The third quarter was rolling to an end, and onlookers probably felt they would just observe a peaceful ending. But Seymour pulled a stunner of a play. Instead of a routine run, Ruble faded back and saw receiver Perry streaking downfield behind the Panther secondary.

Perry raced into the end zone for a 54-yard touchdown that pushed the score to the final margin and as a byproduct also sent the clock into running time that kicks in when a team builds a 35-point margin, speeding the game to its inevitable result.

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