FAR AFIELD

For The Tribune

Seymour’s Luke Dover enjoys spending a lot of time during the fall and spring at Bulleit Stadium.

Dover is a three-year varsity starter on the football team, where he has played linebacker and corner on defense and slot back on offense.

Next spring will be his third season as a member of the track team.

“I think I might enjoy running the ball a little bit more than catching, but I like both,” he said about playing football, where he is one of the Owls’ key offensive performers.

He has gained 133 yards on 28 carries for an average of 4.8 per attempt with three touchdowns.

“I just try to find the gap in the defense and get there as quick as I can, make my cut and just run,” he said. “I like inside runs more.”

As a receiver, Dover has 29 catches for 453 yards and five scores.

His eight touchdowns leads the team.

“I like the wheel route, and the ‘stick’ route,” Dover said. “It’s kind of like the post. In the wheel route you run up field and then you run behind the wide out and go up the sidelines. I like deep pass patterns.”

Dover, who began playing football at Redding Elementary in fourth grade, said he enjoys playing linebacker over cornerback on the defense.

The senior has one interception this fall.

“I like playing outside linebacker more,” Dover said. “Hitting people is what I like about playing linebacker. The game plan changes every game, but I try to contain the outside or the ‘C’ gap or ‘B’ gap. I usually play on the left side.”

Davor said he is enjoying filling the role as a senior leader this season.

“All seniors, we try to lead and teach the younger kids what to do in practice and stuff to help them out.”

Seymour won the Jackson Bowl against Brownstown Central Sept. 25, and Dover believes the Owls can win three more games going into the sectional.

“It takes everything we have from everyone,” Dover said. “For every win you have to give it everything you have and play your heart out. We want to be playing our best football at the end of the year. We can go pretty far in the sectional this year.”

Dover has ran the sprints, and been a long jumper, in track.

Last season, Dover was a member of the 400 relay team that qualified for the regional.

“The 100 and 200 are the main races I run,” he said. “I like the 100 better. The start is really important. In the 200 I like to start out in the middle lanes. Some people like to sprint the whole thing, but I can’t. I like to start out around 75 percent, and then finish strong.”

Dover said he likes to run the third position on the relay, and said he hopes to help the Owls break the school record in the relay next spring.

At a glance

Parents: Amy Lewellen, Troy Dover

Siblings: Chase, Evan, Zak, Riley

Sports: football 4 years, track 3 years, basketball 2 years

Athletic highlight: track-regional qualifier in 400 relay

Plans after high school: attend college

Favorite food: pizza

Favorite TV show: “Blue Mountain State”

Favorite movie: “Interstellar”

Favorite team: LeSean McCoy

Q&A

Q: Have you enjoyed attending Seymour High School?

A: “I love it here. I used to take some AP courses. All the teachers are nice. I just like all the faculty. All my friends right now are through sports. I’m going to give it my best my senior year. I’m looking forward to finishing this season off good and running track.”

Q: What’s it like playing football on the road?

A: “They’re great this year. There is a lot of energy. The stands are packed this year. The Bedford field is nice. I like that field.”

Q: Do you spend a lot of time in the weight room?

A: “I try to lift as often as I can. Lifting weight helps a lot. It gives you an advantage in athleticism, and strength overall. It just helps you in games. My favorite lifts are probably bench or squat. I lift more on squat (315 pounds.)”

Catch the Owls

What: Seymour (1-5) at Jennings County

When: 7 p.m. today

Where: Jennings County Field

Radio: 92.7-WXKU

Last outing: Seymour def. Brownstown Central 38-30, Jennings County def. Bedford North Lawrence 21-13

Most recent meeting:Seymour won 25-22 on Oct. 3, 2014

Series past 30 years: Seymour 26-5

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Arv Koontz is a sports correspondent for The (Seymour) Tribune.