Records don’t matter in the Jackson Bowl.
You couldn’t have asked for a closer, more highly competitive game than the one that took place at Bulleit Stadium on Friday night.
Going into the game, both Seymour head coach Josh Shattuck and Brownstown Central coach Reed May knew that the game had the potential to be a dogfight — and that’s what the players, coaches and fans got.
Following intermission, with the scored tied at 8-8, the game was for the taking.
The Owls then played, quite possibly, their best quarter in three years.
Zach Carpenter set the tone for the Owls with the big gainer and touchdown run at the start of the second half.
From there, Chris Knight brought down a pass from Alan Perry for a score to give the Owls a two-score lead.
Then, the Braves answer immediately with a 74-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
But the Owls didn’t back down. They extended their lead with a nine-yard touchdown from Luke Dover later in the quarter.
What more could you ask for in a game?
No one gave up, hung their heads and quit when they were down at any point during play.
When one team swung, the other hit back.
The kids played their hearts out on the field, and unfortunately one team wouldn’t emerge victorious at the end of the night.
With all the heartbreak losses this season, dropping multiple games by slim margins in the fourth quarter, the Owls need to use the victory as a turning point.
The Owls (1-5) have work to do with Jennings County, New Albany and Madison left on the schedule: all winnable games.
For the Braves (4-2), the Jackson Bowl needs to be wiped clean of their minds today — and I’m sure that’s what May is already preaching to his kids.
The Braves have Clarksville, Silver Creek and Corydon Central left and could head into the postseason on a three-game winning streak.
A sectional championship isn’t won or lost in the Jackson Bowl, and that goes for both the Owls and Braves.
However, the four- game Owls losing streak against Brownstown has ended, and it’s a time to briefly celebrate for Seymour.
Jordan Morey is the sports editor for The Tribune. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.