SHS goes 3-3
in Cumberland passing camp
The Seymour Eagles ended the high school dead period and took off for Cumberland College in Kentucky last Thursday. The 23 Eagles who went spent a few nights of practice before participating in Cumberland’s all-day passing camp.
The passing camp scrimmages are scored on every play. One point for a completion between five and ten yards, three points for a completion over ten yards and the traditional six points for a touchdown. The ball is placed on the twenty or forty yard line for every play.
The defensive units sore points as well. They receive one point for an offensive incompletion, one point if the pass is not thrown within four seconds of the snap and three points for an interception. In the opening rounds defenses could score touchdowns on interception returns but the downfield blocking led to the points being dropped in later play.
Seymour opened with two good showings. They defeated Bell County 39-30 and downed Williamsburg 48-38 in the first two passing games. “We played well the first two, but we have some more conditioning to do. We got tired and lost our legs, especially after the lunch break,” said Eagles Head Coach Gary Householder.
The Eagles dropped three close matches in a row. Boyle County won 50-49, the last play being an incompletion that awarded the Boyle County defense a point that broke a 49-49 tie. Seymour then fell to Whitley County 42-38. An interception on the last play gave Whitley three points, a completion would have won the game for SHS. Campbell County then pulled a 52-49 win in their match with the Eagles. A 49-49 tie was broken again on the last play, when a Seymour touchdown toss was picked off, giving three points to CCHS and giving the Eagles their third loss of the day.
Seymour led 16-15 over Georgia’s Ringgold High when rain forced an early end to the day. Two more scheduled matches were cancelled due to the soggy weather conditions. “We were fortunate with the rain, our guys were pretty tired by that point,” said Householder.
“Our quarterbacks all got some good repetitions,” said Householder. Caleb Moore had the best camp statistically, hitting 26 of his 45 pass attempts. Duncan Smith (13 of 33) and sophomore Will Lynam (12 of 32) were neck and neck by the numbers.
Anthony Serafine led the receiving corps. “Anthony’s a good athlete and his time on the track is making him quicker on the field,” said coach Cotton Julian in the spring. Junior Aaron Lambert and Victor Wagner also had good camps at receiver. Scott Thomas and Yu-Hsiang Wu caught some balls out of the back field to support the Eagles in the passing attack.
Daniel Miles batted down a few balls and Andy Bass picked off some throws for Seymour defensively. Searfine and Wagner had a couple of picks each.
Seymour began play in the Knoxville passing league at Webb Monday night. The Eagles have played their way into the passing league’s championship game the last five years, and have won the game three times.
learning to fly
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