Owls facing Panthers on Friday for sectional football title; Seeking first sectional since 2001

Seymour has the chance to have another home football game after defeating Columbus East in the sectional semifinal.

Seymour defeated the Olympians 39-20 to get to the sectional final, dominating both sides of the ball and controlling throughout the 19-point win.

Head coach Tyson Moore spoke about the win over Columbus East.

“I thought we came out with a lot of focus,” he said. “We were able to make corrections when we needed to, and once we settled in, we were clicking on all cylinders. I thought our defense played a heck of a game, and the offense was hard to stop once we figured it out.”

The Owls will turn their focus to hosting Bloomington South Panthers at Bulleit Stadium on Friday at 7 p.m.

South comes in as the No. 1 team in Class 5A after defeating previous No. 1 Bloomington North 44-31 last week. Moore knows it will be a challenge, but he’s excited for the team to get another opportunity to play in front of their home fans.

“I’m happy these kids get another opportunity to play again,” he said. “We’re a month removed from the nightmare at their place. It was very humbling for us as a team. You hate that it happens, but sometimes, it’s needed. A lot of people will say we don’t have a chance because of what happened last time, but we’re ready to take another crack at them.”

Seymour will look for its second win over the Panthers in the last 35 years with South owning a 5-1 record over the Owls in that timeframe. The Seymour coach was asked if already playing South this season will help the team.

“We got a feel for their speed in our previous matchup. We were able to have some success in a few areas,” Moore said. “We know they’re fast and physical, and we understand what they do well now. It gives us an opportunity to take that into account in our preparation this week. I want our guys to focus on playing Seymour football. The last time we played, it was a humbling experience. Now, we get a chance to return the favor.”

Seymour will go for its first football sectional title since 2001. The Owls defeated Whiteland in that game in a thrilling 44-41 finish.