By Curtis Trotter
Morristown East brought their Hurricanes to Seymour Friday night to face the Eagles in an important District 2-AAA battle that had huge play-off implications.
Fact is they also brought the makings of a hurricane. Speed, high winds, heavy rain, and an occasional round of lightning.
The 32-21 victory for M-E started early when their quarterback Tee Howell blazed down the field in their first possession for 65 yards to set up their offense for a goal line score to go up 6-0. Seymour took it's first possession seriously, but only amassed a first down on the series.
The Hurricanes later decided to use some clock on their next drive that covered 50 yards in 14 plays. One courtesy of a thirty yard run by Terrell Warren. RB Johnny Bell found the end zone from 7 yards out to give the visiting "Storm" a 13-0 lead.
Seymour's offense showed some promise on its next drive when SR running back Keegan Newport and Dustin Fain's runs of 25 and 24 yards respectively.
But the drive was cut short on a high snap over Fains head only to end up in possession of M-E.
Warren would later cushion the visitor’s stance on an 85 yard scamper for a 20-0 lead.
Finally, Seymour capped a 75 yard drive on seven tries ending its scoring drought on a 20 yard Blake Overton rush to pay dirt. After some halftime fireworks provided by Mother Nature in the form of lightning, Seymour once again found the end-zone on a Newport touchdown to make it 20-14.
M-E's Tavin Blanton struck some lightning of his own with a 84 yard run for yet another score to lead 26-14. But, the Eagle defense blocked a punt to put themselves in great field position at the 15 yard line. Fain found Cory Clark for a 15 yard hook-up and score for Seymour's final of 21 points.
Howell of M-E put the final dagger into the rain soaked hearts of the Eagle faithful on a final 70 yard run for a score.
Seymour head mentor Jim Moore spoke of his team's set back.
"Defensively we just didn't execute well at all. We didn't tackle well. We didn't run angles well. We didn't support well. Basically, we just haven't played this poorly in a long time." Moore told the Herald.
"Our offense on the other hand played well considering the conditions. We racked up 340 yards total offense but turned the ball over three times. Things like that will kill you in games like these. If we were to have played that game on a dry field, you would probably see a 60 to 60 game. They couldn't stop us late and we couldn't stop them either, Moore continued." We'll need a lot of fan support from our fans this week when we travel down the road to South-Doyle. The fans and our band has been outstanding this year with support. We'll definitely need it. Moore concluded.
Senior Keegan Newport was also optimistic about his teams' effort. "I think our offense is making great improvements. We scored three times this week. We should have scored more than that, but when you put the ball on the ground three times, it will kill your chances.
"This week's practice has been and will continue to be intense. It has to be in order for us to finish strong this season. We are a little banged up, but we will play through all that stuff. We are Seymour you know?" Newport concluded.
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By Curtis Trotter