Costly mistakes for Seymour
Mistakes factor into every win and every loss, but some mistakes cost more than others.
The Seymour Eagles learned that hard truth Friday night against the Jefferson County Patriots.
The Patriots won the turnover battle. Even though both teams lost the ball twice, the Eagles only managed to score five points off of the takeaways while Jefferson County scored 14.
As for penalties, while the Eagles were hit with 12 penalties for 95 yards, and the Patriots with 9 for 80, no penalty was more critical than one that came early in the second quarter.
Jefferson County had a slim 7-5 lead and were driving at the Eagle 30-yard line after recovering a Seymour fumble a few plays earlier. After a first-down run that lost a yard, the Patriots were hit with three holding penalties in four snaps, resulting in a 3rd down and 48 at their own 32. Seymour’s defense stopped the run at after a gain of 13 yards, and Jefferson County was forced to punt.
But a roughing the kicker penalty on the punt resulted in not only a costly 15 yards, but more importantly, an automatic first down for the Patriots.
The defensive stop was wiped off the board, and the Patriots used their new lease on life to finish the drive with a touchdown.
Seymour gave up three more touchdowns to the Patriots on the next three drives, allowing them to put the game away with a commanding 35-5 lead.
“It was devastating,” said Coach Jim Moore.
Even more devastating were the 519 yards of total rushing the Patriots piled up, 289 of them from Dearies Jones who scored five touchdowns on the night. Seymour never found an answer to containing Jones, or quarterback Malik Stykes, who added 103 yards rushing and a touchdown.
Coach Moore has two weeks to get ready for his next game. The Eagles travel to take on South-Doyle on Oct. 4, a team that held Jefferson County to just 14 points earlier this season.