The first play from scrimmage was a sign of things to come in New Albany’s 48-14 win over Seymour at Bulleit Stadium on Friday night.
The Bulldogs received the opening kickoff, and the game couldn’t have started any worse for the Owls.
On New Albany’s first play of the game, Kyondre Winford took the handoff 71 yards for a touchdown to give the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead just 13 seconds into the game.
Seymour went three-and-out on its first possession of the game, and once the Bulldogs got the ball back, they put points up on the board again.
This time it was quarterback Derell Simmons finding Ja’raylon Johnson for an 11-yard touchdown.
The Owls were able to get some points back in the first quarter, though.
Inside New Albany territory, the Owls’ offense noticed that the Bulldogs were about to bring a blitz, so they audibled to a screen pass that resulted in Sam Allman taking it 31 yards to the house.
There was one more score to be had in the first 12 minutes, and it came via a play-action pass from Simmons to DeJon Winburn for 35 yards.
Winburn found the end zone once again in the second quarter, turning a short pass into a 52-yard touchdown to put the Bulldogs up 27-7.
The Owls found paydirt for a second time with 5:56 left in the first half when Bret Perry threw it to a wide open Owen Anderson in the end zone for 27 yards.
With momentum on Seymour’s side, Treyton McCormick intercepted Simmons to give the Owls the ball back.
Seymour had a chance to make it a one score game going into the half, and the Owls were moving the ball down the field and got it down to the 17 thanks to some big runs by Allman and Alex Schlatterer.
But on a 3rd and 10, Jaylan Johnson committed a false start, and the Owls were faced with a 4th and 15. Perry tossed it up in the end zone for Johnson, who caught the ball but couldn’t get a foot inbounds, and New Albany took over.
The Bulldogs turned that into a 14-point swing by scoring once more with 44 seconds left, taking a 34-14 lead into halftime.
Seymour receieved the second-half kickoff, and after putting together a solid drive into New Albany territory, the Owls fumbled the ball. But the Owls took it right back as Anderson picked off Simmons for Seymour’s second takeaway of the game.
Unfortunately, the Owls couldn’t capitalize. They got stopped around midfield on four downs, and New Albany took over.
The third quarter almost went scoreless until Simmons kept it himself for a TD run to give the Bulldogs a 41-14 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
An interception from Perry at the end of the third quarter eventually led to a 2-yard TD run from Elijah Jennings to give the Bulldogs a 48-14 lead.
Seymour added two touchdowns in the fourth quarter — 2-yard TD run from Evan Smith and 25-yard TD pass from Perry to Johnson — to get some points back on the scoreboard.
After recovering an onside kick, one final interception from Perry concluded the game as New Albany kneeled it down for victory.
The Bulldogs improved to 5-3 (5-0 HHC) with the win while Seymour fell to 2-5 (2-3 HHC).
The Owls will be on the road for their final regular-season game next week at Madison.