The Seymour football team has been calling themselves the “Cardiac Kids” after yet another thrilling victory at Bulleit Stadium this season.
On Aug. 26, the Owls were trailing by 10 points against Jeffersonville in the fourth quarter before coming back and winning the game.
Last Friday, Floyd Central took a 15-14 lead on Seymour with 1:20 to play before Bret Perry found Kyle Hileman with 0.1 seconds on the clock to give the Owls the victory.
“We’ve been the cardiac kids at home this season,” head coach Tyson Moore said. “But the important thing is we won. We had to make plays when we had to. I thought we did a really good job overcoming adversity.”
The 22-15 win over Floyd was a big one for the Owls to stay afloat in the Hoosier Hills Conference race. They’re currently 2-1 in the HHC.
Seymour’s defense was tested often last Friday. They were on the field for 11 of the 12 minutes in the second quarter as Floyd Central put together a 21-play drive.
It was a bend-don’t-break attitude, which Moore isn’t always keen on, but he was satisfied on Friday.
“We showed some grit on those long drives,” Moore said. “It wasn’t always great, it was by no means perfect, but we made plays when we had to.”
On offense, Seymour got a nice spark from Nick Wheeler in the backfield. He rushed 11 times for 74 yards and one touchdown.
“It was huge,” Moore said. “When you can establish the run, it makes throwing the ball that much easier.”
Alex Schlatterer, Seymour’s starting back through the first three weeks, injured his foot at Columbus East and missed the Floyd game.
Moore is excited to use the combination of Schlatterer and Wheeler moving forward once Schlatterer gets healthy.
“Those two together are going to provide significant reps in our run game,” he said.
Seymour has a big game this Friday at Bedford North Lawrence. Owls fans can take a breath as the “Cardiac Kids” aren’t at home to provide another edge-of-your-seat victory, but the unfortunate thing is Seymour still hasn’t found a win on the road this year.
The Owls and Stars split 1-1 last year. Bedford beat Seymour in the regular season, but Seymour defeated Bedford in the sectional.
Moore said it can be tough to scout the Stars because of the stuff they do in the backfield and defensively. Bedford has a 3-3 defense, which means three defensive linemen and three linebackers, which isn’t too common.
The Stars like to shift up front defensively and bring their linebackers on blitzes.
“They always provide an interesting week of scout preparation. They run some option, they do a lot of stuff with their quarterback and their running back, and both are solid players,” Moore said. “Defensively, they run a 3-3, which we don’t see that very often. It can present some issues trying to block it, so we spend a lot of time showing our guys how certain things have to be blocked up.”
With Seymour’s 2-1 record in the HHC, a win could put the Owls in second place behind Columbus East, which is 2-0 with a win over Seymour and plays at New Albany this week.
Bedford is 2-0 in the HHC with wins over Jeffersonville and New Albany.
Moore knows all of that, but he said it’s the biggest game for the Owls because it’s the next one. Seymour likes to take a 1-0 mindset, not look too far ahead and focus on the opponent in front of them.
Kickoff at Bedford on Friday is slated for 7 p.m.