Saturday, August 26, 2017

FOOTBALL: Red Devils win shootout with HHC foe Seymour 48-37

Special to Southern Indiana Preps
JEFFERSONVILLE – Jeffersonville and Seymour engaged in a shootout Friday night at Blair Field, and the Red Devils of coach Alfonso Browning came out on top by a score of 48-37.
Jeffersonville (1-1 overall, 1-0 in the Hoosier Hills Conference) never trailed in the contest, yet Seymour (1-1, 0-1) seemed to remain within reach until the last half of the final quarter.
Jeff’s lead got as high as 18 points at 48-30 with 5:10 remaining in the game. But Seymour cut the lead to as few as five at one point in the third period.
The Red Devils’ defense rose to the occasion when necessary, but Seymour as well as Jeff racked up big yards on offense.
Browning was ecstatic with the win, especially with it being a conference victory and after his team lost much to graduation after last year. He sees a tremendous amount of upside for his inexperienced squad.
“I think I’m probably going to have to say this for quite some time,” said Browning. “We’re young and we’re all over the place. We’re going to be up and we’re going to be down. Once this group figures it out, how to do this on a consistent basis, they’re going to be special for us.”
The Red Devils put the Owls in a hole in the first period, finding the end zone twice while holding Seymour at bay.
The first score came on a 14-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Shaun Wimberly to Isaiah Carter with 4:21 remaining in the opening frame. On the final play of the period, Kam Fuller rambled 8 yards, and after the extra point, Jeff led 14-0 after one stop.
Wimberly and Fuller were Jeff’s two main offensive threats. Fuller carried the ball 22 times and accumulated 108 yards. Wimberly, looking nothing like a first-year starter as a sophomore, completed 17-of-32 passes with an interception for 328 yards. He also scrambled for 35 yards on the ground.
Wimberly credits his offensive line for the bulk of his success for the game.
“I was ready to have fun out there,” he said. “Being with my linemen and my boys is something I love to do. I’m impressed with the team. My big old boys, the offensive line played the best.”
One of Wimberly’s targets for scores was Carter. The pair hooked up for two touchdown passes, one of 14 yards and one of 29 yards. Wimberly also found Jackson Jolley-Little open for a 10-yard score as the first half closed.
“Whether I throw for five touchdowns or no touchdowns, I just want to be there for the team,” Wimberly added.
Seymour cut the deficit to 14-7 on a 1-yard run by quarterback Alan Perry with 8:54 to play in the second quarter.
Perry, a senior, also had a good offensive showing for the evening, racking up 301 yards in the air on 16-of-29 passing with an interception. He ran for two touchdowns himself and threw three TDs to a favorite target for the night in Tyler Bullard.
The Red Devils led 28-13 at the half and 35-23 after three periods. They put the game away in the final quarter on the second Wimberly-to-Carter connection with 10:01 remaining in the game, putting Jeff ahead 48-30.
Seymour scored a final time on Perry’s second quarterback sneak with just 14 seconds to play in the game. The extra point gave the final score of 48-37.
Jeffersonville will go on the road next Friday to Bedford North Lawrence (2-0, 0-0), which edged Terre Haute South 44-41 Friday night. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. Seymour will host Class 5A No. 1 Columbus East (1-1, 0-0) next Friday.

Seymour             0  13  10  14-37

Jeffersonville   14  14    7  13-48
First quarter

J – Isaiah Carter 14 pass from Shaun Wimberly (Seth Scott kick), 4:21.
J – Kam Fuller 8 run (Scott kick), :00.
Second quarter
S – Alan Perry 1 run (Mikkel Ladegaard kick), 8:54.
J – Wimberly 1 run (Scott kick), 7:54
S – Tyler Bullard 6 pass from Perry (kick blocked), 1:38.
J – Jackson Jolly-Little 10 pass from Wimberly (Scott kick), :07.
Third quarter
S – Bullard 31 pass from Perry (Ladegaard kick), 8:10.
S – Ladegaard 25 field goal, 4:56.
J – Jeremiah Thornton 81 kickoff return (Scott kick), 4:45.
Fourth quarter
J – Fuller fumble recovery in end zone (Scott kick), 10:01.
S – Bullard 55 pass from Perry (Ladegaard kick), 9:40.
J – Carter 29 pass from Wimberly (run failed), 5:10.
S – Perry 1 run (Ladegaard kick), :14.

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