Seymour football has had a season of ups and downs. The Owls have gone through some tight losses, accomplished some big wins and then had some disappointing losses.
At 2-5 overall and 2-3 in the HHC, Seymour has a big road game this Friday at Madison that could spark some confidence heading into the postseason.
“This could be a huge morale boost going into tournament time,” head coach Tyson Moore said. “I think it could give our kids a lot of confidence. A win here could be a huge factor for us being successful next week.”
Madison is 3-5 so far this season with wins against South Dearborn — a team Seymour lost to in week one — Milan and Mitchell.
In terms of what the Cubs do well, their defensive scheme looks similar to what Moore has seen the past two seasons.
“They’ve got a good defensive line,” Moore said.
The positive thing about Seymour trying to combat that defensive line is that the Owls have had a lot of success running the football the last two weeks.
“We were a very pass heavy team at the beginning of the season,” Moore said. “Now, we’ve balanced out more.”
The Owls established the run game early and often against New Albany, and the Bulldogs countered with calling some blitzes, so Seymour then countered to running screen passes with its running backs, and a couple of them turned into touchdowns or big-yardage plays.
The inclusion of the backs in both the running and passing game has become important to Seymour’s offense.
“Our backs have got a lot better at getting the screen pass and going,” Moore said. “Then we’ve gotten a lot better and being able to get out in front and block for it as well.”
As for the Cubs’ offense, Moore thinks Madison has a solid pass game, mostly due to the Cubs’ quarterback-wide receiver combination.
“When it comes down to it, we just gotta play football,” Moore said. “We know that if we play disciplined football, we’ll be Ok. We gotta make sure we can control the factors we can control first and foremost.”
Seymour is on fall break right now, but Moore still tries to keep the same practice hours for his team as if it were a normal school week.
After this Friday’s game at Madison, Seymour will get a week off before playing at Bedford North Lawrence on Oct. 29 in the sectional semifinal.
BNL edged out Seymour 35-29 at Bulleit Stadium earlier this season, but the Owls felt they had plenty of chances to win that game.
Moore believes the sectional this season is wide open — Jeffersonville, Floyd Central and New Albany are on the other side of the bracket.
“I’m pleased with the draw,” Moore said. “We really feel strongly that our sectional is wide open. There’s really not anybody that we can’t beat. To us, it’s whoever they put out in front of us we’re gonna prepare to win and we’re gonna go in with the expectation to win.”
Nothing would help Seymour gain some momentum heading into that sectional than picking up a win this Friday at Madison at 7 p.m.