By Curtis Trotter
After giving Seymour coach Jim Moore back to back impressive wins, his young eagles were struck down Friday night in Jefferson County.
With lightning looming nearby, the only strike for Seymour came on a 27 yard field goal by senior Stephen Martin with 4:20 left in the third frame of play. Jefferson County answered the Eagle score with a 64 yard touchdown pass to go up 7-3.
Seymour did manage two brilliant drives only to have disaster strike twice in the fourth and final frame.
The first opportunity was taken away when Dustain Fain’s pass was picked off in the end zone.
The defense would step up for the Eagles in the next JC possession and hold the Patriots to a 3-and-out. The last chance for an Eagle victory fell short once again when the ball was stripped away in the end zone and returned to midfield where the clock finally expired. Coach Moore spoke of the let down.
“I thought our defense played well tonight. We did enough on the defensive side of the ball to win the game. We just couldn’t punch that ball in there those two times and it cost us the ball game. We get a week off to heal and get back to basics. We’ll need that for sure for these next big games.” Moore told the Herald.
Senior Keegan Newport was visibly upset with the turnout also. “We played hard the whole game, then they (Jeff. Co.) win it all on three plays. That hurts. It seemed like they got all of the breaks. We are not making excuses though. We should have punched those in tonight. We are going to have to go at it every day in order to get ready for Sevier County. That won’t be easy for us. They are 5-0 and will bring it all to the line when we travel up there in a week and a half. We’ve got two weeks to heal physically, mentally, and emotionally. We’ll need all that for this next huge district game no doubt.” Newport concluded.
Eagle fans are encouraged to get to the game early as a huge crowd is certainly expected.
Patriots Ground High Flying Eagles
By Curtis Trotter