Madison quarterback Parker Jones rolls out away from the Seymour rush. (Photo by Stephanie Hellman)
Madison quarterback Parker Jones rolls out away from the Seymour rush. (Photo by Stephanie Hellman)
Madison had its chances to put points on the scoreboard in its 2019 home debut but missed opportunities throughout the game eventually became too much to overcome and allowed Seymour to pull away for a 49-7 win in the Hoosier Hills Conference opener Friday night at Cub Field.

The Cubs, who have lost five-straight to the Owls in the series, trailed by just 14 points at halftime but failed to capitalize on its chances to trim away at the deficit early in the second half. Seymour took advantage, scoring 28 points in the third quarter and never looked back.

“I told the team after the game it’s about us getting over the hump right now,” Madison head coach LeRoy Wilson said. “We had three or four trips to the red zone in the first half and if we go out and finish it’s a different ballgame. It’s the small things. It’s not like we don’t have guys who don’t know what they are doing. We just couldn’t get it going offensively.”

The two teams played a scoreless first quarter as Madison survived throwing two interceptions in the frame but Seymour finally struck with 9:29 left in the second quarter, going up 7-0 on a 17-yard run by Chandler Drummond and an extra point by Shelby Holt. But less than a minute later Madison shook free of a slow start and responded, getting its first score on a 62-yard pass from Parker Jones to Trenton Barnes that was followed by a Will Heitz extra point to tie the game 7-7.

Seymour, however, answered the bell on the ensuing series with a big play of its own. With 7:31 remaining before halftime, Brendan Smith launched a 67-yard touchdown pass to Ely Henderson and another Holt extra point put the game at 14-7. Madison found the red zone down by just seven but was unable to string together enough big plays for another score and the Owls managed to capitalize one more time before the end of the half as Smith connected from 20 yards out on a pass to Drew Vehslage. Holt’s third extra point made it 21-7 entering the intermission.

“We have glimpses of big, big plays and that’s huge,” Wilson said. “But we’ve got to be more consistent with the other plays. We have to move the ball and establish our run game. Big plays are great and that has been the story of our team these first three games but we have just got to go out and complete drives.”

Momentum looked to flirt back towards the Madison side at the start of the third quarter on an early interception that led to a deep pass from Jones to Collin Yancey but once again red zone woes negated the surge. The Cubs failed to score and turned the ball over on downs inside the 20-yard line and the Owls went on the attack.

Seymour (3-0) scored 28 points in the third quarter including three rushing touchdowns. Smith’s 7-yard scamper paired with two more scores by Drummond and a 36-yard punt return by Josh Pennington with 4:20 left in the period brought the game to 42-7, forcing a running clock the rest of the way as the lead eventually blossomed to 49-7 after Drummond’s second touchdown run of the quarter.

“Things just kind of snowballed a little bit,” Wilson noted. “We had that huge interception at the start of the third quarter that changed momentum but we just couldn’t get going like we wanted to. It’s always got to be next rep but just more and more things kept happening. We have to get back to the drawing board and start our focus on Monday.”

Jones finished with 167 passing yards and led the team with 48 yards on the ground as Madison finished with 279 yards of total offense.

Drummond did the damage for Seymour, totaling 167 rushing yards to go with three scores as the Owls racked up 440 yards of total offense. Henderson had 104 receiving yards as Smith threw for 186 yards on the night.

Madison (0-3) visits Bedford North Lawrence next Friday in an HHC matchup.

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at Madison

SEYMOUR 49, MADISON 7



SEYMOUR 0 21 28 0 — 49

MADISON 0 7 0 0 — 7



SUMMARY

2nd Quarter

Sey — Chandler Drummond, 17-yard run (Shelby Holt kick), 9:29.

Mad — Trenton Barnes, 62-yard pass from Parker Jones (Will Heitz kick), 8:38.

Sey — Ely Henderson, 67-yard pass from Brendan Smith (Holt kick), 7:31.

Sey — Drew Vehslage, 20-yard pass from Smith (Holt kick), 0:08.

3rd Quarter

Sey — Smith, 7-yard run (Holt kick), 8:33.

Sey — Drummond, 3-yard run (Joshua Guevara kick), 5:49.

Sey — Josh Pennington, 36-yard punt return (Guevara kick), 4:20.

Sey — Drummond, 39-yard run (Guevara kick), 0:00.

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Sey Mad

First Downs 12 14

Rushes-Yards 27-254 41-112

Comp-Att-Int 8-15-2 8-21-2

Pass Yards 186 167

Total Yards 440 279

Penalties-Yards 3-15 5-51

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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — Seymour, Chandler Drummond (15-167, 3 TDs), Brendan Smith (7-49, TD), Colin Greathouse (2-37), Sam Allman (2-4), Thomas Frazier (1- -3). Madison, Parker Jones (15-48), Christian Bell (9-44), Louis Humes (1-10), Trenton Barnes (14-5), Bryce Foy (2-5).

PASSING — Seymour, Brendan Smith (8-15-2, 186, 2 TDs). Madison, Parker Jones (8-21-2, 167, TD).

RECEIVING — Seymour, Ely Henderson (3-104, TD), Drew Vehslage (3-55, TD), Russell Shuler (1-19), Brayden Barker (1-8). Madison, Trenton Barnes (2-77), Collin Yancey (2-72), Luke McCarty (2-36), Bryce Foy (1-5).

MISSED FIELD GOALS — Madison, Heitz, 32 yards (blocked).