Seymour playing its best football heading to New Albany


The most dangerous teams are the ones that don’t have anything to lose.

That’s exactly what the Seymour football team is this Friday when the Owls travel to New Albany for the sectional championship.

“We don’t have anything to lose,” head coach Tyson Moore said. “If we do this thing the right way, we have the potential to come home with a trophy in our hands.”

Seymour (4-5) is coming off of a semifinal win at Bedford North Lawrence last Friday 18-10. The Owls were in control for most of the game, and the Stars scored a late touchdown to make Seymour sweat a little bit.

But after recovering the onside kick, the Owls advanced.

“Last week, we had a great week of practice. This week, we’ve been off to a great start,” Moore said. “The energy has been awesome. The guys have a great attitude. They’re coming to practice ready to go. Things have been fun.”

Moore described Seymour’s defense as lights out against BNL. It’s a defense that has only allowed 10 points in its last two games (Seymour won 34-0 at Madison).

Seymour’s last loss came Oct. 8 at the hands of New Albany. The Bulldogs are 7-3, the current HHC champions this season and defeated Floyd Central 28-7 last week to get to this point.

New Albany bested Seymour 48-27 at Bulleit Stadium and now gets to host the Owls for a sectional championship bout.

Moore felt the first time they played, his team left some things out on the field. He thinks the game against the Bulldogs actually shifted the dynamic of the team’s defense.

“We are playing our best football right now,” Moore said. “Things are starting to click. We’re playing as good as we did all year defensively.”

The Owls’ defense forced some turnovers against New Albany on Oct. 8, but it was the offense that put the defense in some tough spots.

The Bulldogs are full of fast and athletic players, and Seymour is going to need to limit the chunk plays.

“They’re a very explosive team. They have kids that can make one play and they’re gone,” Moore said. “We saw that the first time. We’ve got to make sure we limit those explosive plays and play disciplined football.”

As well as Seymour’s defense is playing, the offense is playing well, too.

Seymour was a pass-heavy team in the first half of the season, but now, the Owls are able to run the ball.

Last week at BNL, the Owls rushed for 153 yards.

“We have two great running backs who have had some really good games,” Moore said. “We challenged them and challenged the offensive line. If we’re going to have any success, we have to run the ball. We know we can become more balanced and we can have success in both areas.”

As the HHC champion, New Albany also is the favorite to come out of this sectional.

Moore felt before the postseason began that the sectional was wide open, but he knew New Albany was the favorite, “as they should be,” he said.

Seymour has now put itself in a position where the Owls are just one game away from winning sectional and getting to regional. As Moore suggested, a team playing with nothing to lose is a dangerous one.

“We feel like we have the opportunity to show people we’re the dark horse, we’re the wildcard, we’re the team people are overlooking and we have the talent to pull this off,” Moore said. “We’re a much better football team than we were a month ago. We also have a chance to further our legacy with this season and potentially win a sectional championship.”

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