Seymour stifles Madison 34-0 on the road

As the rain poured down at Madison on Friday night, it symbolized the onslaught of points the Owls rained down on the Cubs in the final regular-season game this season.

In a game that saw zero points in the first 12 minutes and a lot of laundry being tossed onto the field, once Seymour broke the pylon for the first time, the Owls soared from there.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Owls scored the game’s first points on the first play of the second quarter.

Quarterback Bret Perry found Owen Anderson for a 5-yard touchdown pass.

Javier Perez’s extra point missed wide, so the Owls led 6-0 just three seconds into the second frame.

Seymour’s defense continued to stifle Madison throughout the first half.

With under five minutes to go in the first half, Seymour had a 4th and 3 at their own 47, and Perry connected with Dylan Fields on a big pass play to get the ball in the red zone.

After a penalty that moved Seymour back to the Madison 24, Perry tossed a 24-yard TD to Jaylan Johnson. Perry ran in the two-point conversion himself to give Seymour a 14-0 lead with 3:45 left until the break.

As Madison was driving into Seymour territory toward the end of the first half, the Cubs fumbled the football and Mikey Wright recovered it with 20 seconds to play, and Seymour shutout the Cubs for the first 24 minutes.

“I’m proud of our defense, especially all the young guys,” linebackers coach Devin Hill said on the radio after the game.

Madison received the second-half kickoff, and on the return, Carlos Ortiz knocked the ball loose and recovered it to give Seymour the ball at the Cubs’ 35.

On the very next play, Sam Allman appeared to have fumbled the ball and Madison recovered, but the officials ruled that it was still Seymour’s ball, giving Allman forward progress before losing the football.

The Owls went on to capitalize off the Madison turnover as Perry connected with Johnson again, this time from 12 yards out, to give Seymour a 21-0 lead with 8:11 to go in the third quarter.

On the Cubs’ ensuing possession, Seymour came up with back-to-back sacks to force a 4th and 32. Madison was forced to punt it away, and Fields returned it all the way down to Madison’s 17-yard line.

Cameron Klakamp punched it in for the Owls from one yard out to give Seymour a 28-0 lead with 3:45 to play in the third.

With 9:18 left in the fourth quarter, Perry had his fourth touchdown pass of the game via a 27-yard screen pass to Allman. Perez missed the PAT and the Owls led 34-0.

That’s when the rain really started to pour down, but Seymour’s defense was able to prevail the shutout as the Owls won 34-0.

Perry was 12 for 24 passing with 180 yards and 4 touchdowns. His favorite targets were Fields with 4 catches for 77 yards and Johnson with 4 catches for 51 yards. Perry also led the Owls in rushing with 45 yards.

Aside from the offense, this was far and away Seymour’s best defensive performance of the night.

The win improved Seymour to 3-5 on the season and 3-3 in the HHC, giving the Owls a lot of momentum heading into the sectional game at Bedford North Lawrence on Oct. 29.

“We made this our statement game,” Hill said. “Rolling into sectional, we wanted to get a win and play our hardest football. I think we did that. I think we did a great job.”