For The Tribune
Friday night’s Jackson Bowl between the Seymour and Brownstown Central football teams lived up to the pre-game hype, at least for fans of the Braves.
When the final horn sounded and Braves held a 6-5 Bowl series following their 31-13 win.
Brownstown won four straight games from 2011 to 2014, and Seymour came away with wins in 2015 and 2016.
The turning point in the game came in the third quarter when the Braves scored three touchdowns.
Brownstown scored on its first two possessions of the third quarter on a 26-yard run by Colton Ritz at 9:03 and a nine-yard run by Gus Hogan at 3:14 to put the Braves on top 24-13.
The following kick off was fumbled by Alazae Louden and recovered by Derek Thompson at the Seymour 30-yard.
Hogan then scored his third touchdown of the game on a 2-yard run for the final touchdown of the night.
“This is the second time in three weeks that he has scored three rushing touchdowns as he scored three against Salem,” Hogan said.
Hogan scored on a 22-yard run in the second quarter.
Hogan credited his line for blocking and a good scouting report as the keys to the win.
“They do an excellent job preparing us for our opponents,” Hogan said. “We knew coming out at halftime we could play with these guys. We walked in on the white line saying we could do it.”
Hogan said the Braves first touchdown of the third quarter gave them a big boost of confidence.
“The whole team was up in spirit. Momentum was going our way.”
Hogan said this is the third time the Braves have played on turf in the last year as they played tournament games at Southridge and Lawrenceburg at the end of last season.
Tyler Bullard, senior wide receiver on the Seymour team, said his favorite football game of his junior year was playing in the Jackson Bowl at Brownstown Central.
“I love playing at Brownstown. It’s a good atmosphere,” he said.
Bullard said being able to stay focused is key.
“My coach last year (Josh Shattuck) just told us to keep our head straight because this is a big event,” he said. “I had never played in that before and he said keep your cool and play with confidence and you should be all right.
“That’s really what you’ve got to do. You’ve got to block out the crowd noise and play your game.”
2017– Brownstown 31-13
2016- Seymour 34-32
2015- Seymour 38-30
2014- Brownstown 75-14
2013- Brownstown 57-8
2012- Brownstown 30-12
2011- Brownstown 21-20
2010- Seymour 29-22
2009- Seymour 27-24
2008- Brownstown 31-27
2007- Seymour 40-7