Rain can sometimes complicate football games, but it didn’t appear to bother Floyd Central on Friday night. After a 35-20 win over Seymour, the Highlanders felt confident in their ability to rush in touchdowns — rain or shine.
Coach Brian Glesing said the timing of the bad weather was in his favor.
“Luckily we had a lead,” Glesing said. “So with that, we could be more conservative. In the first and second quarter, we were throwing it a little bit more.”
While Floyd Central’s throwing percentage was high, the sample size was not. Quarterback Kyle Peters was 6-of-8 passing for 118 yards, focusing more on the run game.
This turned out to be a viable strategy for Peters, who snagged multiple first downs in addition to running in three touchdowns. His first was 18 yards out, and the latter two of the three were from first and goal.
“That’s his strength,” Glesing said. “We want to utilize him as a runner.”
Floyd Central’s Brandon Striegel also played a large part in the win, scoring two touchdowns. The first was a 57-yard pass from Peters, and the second was a 62-yard rushing attempt.
Seymour made it a contest, though. The Owls answered after falling into a 14-0 hole in the first quarter with 14 points in the second. Luke Dover was the first to put points on the board with a 4-yard rush into the endzone. The team went for two, but was unsuccessful. A couple plays later, after another touchdown — this time from Jackson Morris — Seymour went for two and got it with a pass from quarterback Alan Perry to Alex Franklin.
Late in the fourth, the Owls were playing desperately, down 35-14. Eventually, Dover ran it in for a second touchdown. For the third time in the game, Seymour tried to go for two, and for the second time in the game, it was a fruitless attempt.
“They’ve got a good scheme and that makes it difficult to defend. They’ve got a good plan. Luckily, we didn’t give up a really big play. Most of the stuff they got was short stuff.”