East freshmen can’t slow down unbeaten Seymour
Morristown East’s Daniel Carmichael catches one of his two touchdown passes from Dylan Noe during Monday night’s freshman game against Seymour at Burke-Toney Stadium.
From the opening sequence of the game, the Seymour Eagles knew it was their night.
Seymour’s Dawson Day scored on the opening kickoff and the Eagles busted out to a 24-0 lead half way into the first quarter and held on for a 56-20 victory over the Morristown East freshmen at Burke-Toney Stadium.
With the win, Seymour remains undefeated heading into next week’s showcase against Morristown West. Eagles coach Ralph Smith says the team is trying to finish the season unblemished.
“We have a very athletic team and our goal each week is to finish the season undefeated,” said Smith. “We played well tonight against a good Morristown East team.”
For Coach Josh Bible’s Morristown East squad, the team just could not get their wheels to turn in the first half, but they played much better in the second half.
“The opening kickoff for a touchdown and some costly turnovers really put us behind,” said Bible. “Offensively we drove the ball well, but we just shot ourselves in the foot way too much. Seymour is a strong team and you can’t make those kind of mistakes against a team like that and expect to win.”
On the opening kickoff, Day took only 15 seconds to get the Eagles on board with an 85-yard touchdown. Day rushed down the sideline untouched to give the Eagles a quick lead. Isaiah Johnson followed with a successful two-point conversion for an 8-0 advantage.
On the following possession, the Eagles looked to have put across points on defense with a pick six by Austin Brewster, but a block in the back penalty brought back the score. However, the Eagles did not have to wait long, as they scored on the first play from scrimmage. Day found a racing DeVante Farmer for a 54-yard touchdown. Brewster added the two-point conversion with a run to push the lead to 16-0 with 6:24 left in the first quarter.
On the next possession, the bad luck continued for the Hurricanes, as Seymour forced a fumble and recovered the loose pigskin. Day once again helped the Eagles’ offense with a long touchdown run. The scrambling quarterback decided to keep the ball on an option and raced 60 yards for a score. Brewster added the extra-point on a run for a 24-0 lead.
Day added his third score from 17 yards out with 4:57 remaining in the half. Brewster added the conversion for a 32-0 advantage. However, the Hurricanes were able to break the shutout before the half ended.
After forcing a punt, the Hurricanes scored two plays after gaining possession. Quarterback Dylan Noe found Daniel Carmichael from 22 yards out with 58 seconds remaining. However, the Eagles returned the ensuing kickoff to the 48-yard line and scored with 4 seconds left in the half. Day found Jacob Pierce on a 45-yard touchdown. Day added the two-point conversion on a keeper to send things into the locker room at 40-6.
Bible’s locker room talk helped the Hurricanes refocus as they were able to play much better in the second half. They were only outscored 16-14 in the second half compared to the 40-6 difference in the first. Bible said he was impressed with his team’s resilience.
“We had a gentleman come talk to us today about how to get back up once you’ve been knocked down,” said Bible. “We responded to his challenges well and I was proud of everyone playing so well in the second half.”
Morristown East opened the second half with an impressive scoring drive highlighted by a 20-yard run from D.J. Hodges. Noe found Carmichael again with 6:18 left in the third. Noe added the final score of the night from a yard out after completing a fourth down pass to Tanner Coley for 31 yards around the 4-minute mark in the third.
Day and Cody Lewelling both scored to close out the victory for Seymour.
-By Chris Ayers, Assistant Sports Editor