Alan Perry ran for one touchdown and passed for another in the fourth quarter to help Seymour to a 21-12 Hoosier Hills Conference win Friday night at Madison.
The first half turned into a defensive battle after both teams scored on their first possessions.
The Owls (4-5, 3-4 HHC) received the opening kickoff and marched 73 yards in six plays.
A 60-yard pass from Alan Perry to Tyler Bullard put the ball at the Madison 12-yard line, and two plays later Ezra Barr scored on an 8-yard run, and Jacob Kriete’s PAT kick made it 7-0 at 8:45.
The Cubs (1-8, 0-8 HHC) then ran 14 rushing plays to finish out the first period, then scored on a 2-yard run by Carson Howser on the first play of the second quarter.
Madison had a bad snap on its extra point try and the Owls remained ahead 7-6.
The remainder of the second quarter turned into a punting contest as Seymour punted on its next three possessions and Madison punted twice.
On Madison’s final possession of the half Dristan Schrink had an interception for the Owls.
The Cubs received the second half kickoff and in 13 plays drove from their own 23 to the Seymour 20 from where Tristan Storie attempted a 30-yard field goal that was wide left.
The Owls then took over at their own 20-yard line and moved 80 yards in nine plays with Perry scoring on a 2-yard run at 11:26 of the fourth quarter.
Perry completed all three of his pass attempts in the drive with two to Bullard for 28 yards and one to Jack Roberts for 29 yards.
“I think the difference in the ballgame was Perry,“ Seymour coach Mike Kelly said. “He did a great job for us tonight in the running the ball and throwing the ball both. Bullard did a nice job and stepping up and making some good catches.”
Madison came right back with a 70-yard drive with Gage Sproles scoring on a 1-yard run.
Madison was called for a delay of game on its extra point attempt, then came up short on its run attempt. It was Madison’s first penalty of the game.
Perry finished was 8-for-12 on passes for 178 yards. Bullard caught four for 108 yards.
Kelly credited Madison with a good game plan. The Cubs had a 14-play drive in the first quarter, a 11-play drive in the third quarter and another 11-play drive in the fourth quarter — and all but one of those were on the ground.
“The key tonight was ball control,” Kelly said. “Madison got in a basic set and was able to control the ball. They were a big challenge offensively.”
The Owls will play Columbus East (8-1) in the sectional Friday night at Bulleit Stadium.