Alan Perry commanded the offense of the Seymour football team this fall while Justice Perry led the defense.

Owls head football coach Mike Kelly announced their names as the most valuable offensive and defensive players for the Owls for the 2017 season at the program’s season-ending banquet on Wednesday.

Alan quarterbacked the Owls for four years. This past fall, he completed 119 of 212 passes for 1,849 yards and 17 touchdowns with five interceptions.

He was Seymour’s top rusher with 654 yards on 123 carries with a long run of 75 yards, and he scored nine TDs.

“(Perry) had to learn a new scheme,” assistant coach Jeff Richey said. “He read defenses and he came to practice to get better. He has a lot of character.”

Justice played football at Columbus East his freshman and sophomore years before moving to Seymour prior to this season.

The junior linebacker topped the Owls in tackles with 62 solos and 31 assists. He had one tackle for loss, one interception and one fumble recovery.

“He was all over the field,” assistant coach Joseph Chappell said. “He had one interception this season and we hope he gets a lot more next year.”

Alex Holt received the mental attitude award. He was a starter on defense and played in special teams.

Holt had 37 tackles, 20 assists and two tackles for loss.

“Alex was a leader on and off the field,” assistant coach Brad Whittaker said. “He had a great work ethic.”

Kody Engleking was presented the outstanding lineman award. This season he moved from guard to center.

Alazae Louden was named the most valuable special teams player. Louden returned 9 kickoffs a total 164 yards for an average of 18.2 with a long of 29, and had one punt return.

Coach LeRoy Wilson said Louden changed the Owls’ return game with his skills.

Brendan McCartney received the most improved award.

He was one of Seymour’s top tacklers with 46 tackles and 32 assists this fall, and coach Brad Knight said McCartney made great strides during his career.

The Owls finished 4-6 this fall, including 3-4 in the Hoosier Hills Conference. The HHC awards will be announced at a later date.

Kelly introduced all the players and talked about their highlights and what they need to do to get better, and encouraged them to lift weights and attend camps.

“They all played hard and challenged themselves,” Kelly said. “They do things the right way and did a great job of getting after it.”

He said the Owls’ best game of the season was the win over Evansville Harrison, with Bedford North Lawrence being the most exciting win.

Both freshman coach Steffen Lewis and junior varsity head Ed Wagner led their teams to records of 3-5.

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