LUXEMBURG — The Luxemburg-Casco football team was involved in a shutout for a third straight week.
But the Spartans found themselves on the other side of the goose egg left on the scoreboard Friday.
The Seymour defense showed its might in pitching a 19-0 shutout in a nonconference road victory.
The Thunder (2-1) allowed only 108 yards of offense and four first downs to L-C, which had outscored its opponents 72-0 through the first two weeks of the season.
“The formula is try to take care of the football, pound the rock and play good defense,” Seymour coach Matt Molle said. “That’s what got us the win on the road in Week 1 (at West De Pere). We came out here against a very physical, strong team in Week 3 and that’s huge.”
The Thunder’s win against its former Bay Conference rival came a week after a 24-6 home loss to Appleton Xavier, which beat defending Division 2 state champion Menasha on Friday.
Seymour allowed only 115 yards in its lost to Xavier, who scored on a pair of interception returns for touchdowns and a safety.
In terms of only allowing offensive touchdowns, the Thunder defense has given only 15 points through its first three games.
“It was our focus in the offseason,” Molle said. “We scored quite a few points last year, but we gave up over 20 points a game. You can’t win football games like that. We had a lot of guys returning, so we thought we could build that defensive will power.”
Seymour totaled 227 yards of offense, including 146 rushing yards. It had the football for nearly 18 minutes in the second half, sealing the game with a 2-yard touchdown run by Clayton VanLanen with 5 minutes, 54 seconds remaining.
Senior Seth Jefson totaled 125 rushing yards to lead the Thunder, which led 10-0 at halftime.
A 47-yard touchdown pass from sophomore Devin VerVoort to senior Ian Hanseter with 1 minute, 3 seconds left in the first quarter accounted for the first points of the game.
VerVoort completed all six of his pass attempts for 81 yards, including hitting five different receivers in the first half.
“I put last week’s performance for him on me,” Molle said. “I told him that. I got to make him comfortable as the play-caller. We tried to do some things early on with play action to get him going because we knew that would help loosen up the run game.”
L-C (2-1) never quite got on its game Friday. When it looked like it was about to, it shot itself in the foot with penalties and miscues.
Following Hanseter’s TD catch, the Spartans had an 82-yard touchdown pass by senior Jake Zeitler to sophomore Austin Tlachac on the first play of the ensuing drive wiped out by a holding penalty.
After giving up a safety during a botched shotgun snap on the first play from scrimmage of the second half, the Spartans looked like they were going to get on the scoreboard with their next offensive possession when Tlachac ripped off a 72-yard run to the Seymour 2.
A tackle for loss — one of nine by Seymour in the game — and a delay of game penalty forced L-C to attempt a fourth-and-6 from the 11. It came away empty handed following an incomplete pass.
“The mental errors, there were a lot of them,” L-C coach Dillon Maney said. “You saw them on both sides of the ball. Obviously, that’s key to a team’s success. That first scoring drive they had I think we had three offsides. That’s huge. We have to sharpen that up. There is no excuses for that.”
Seymour will look to continue its strong defensive play next week when it hosts Menasha in a Bay Conference game.
Although the loss didn’t hurt the Spartans in the North Eastern Conference standings, the defeat to the fellow Division 3 team was an eye opener for a squad that was ranked No. 8 in both state polls.
“They’re very good up front,” Maney said of Seymour. “That’s the type of caliber team we’re going to see in the playoffs. We’re going to have to toughen up and iron some things out.”
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Seymour…7 3 2 7 — 19
Lux-Casco…0 0 0 0 — 0
S: Ian Hanseter 47 pass from Devin Vervoort (Jared Swenson kick)
S: Swenson 36 field goal
S: Clayton VanLanen 2 run (Swenson kick)
Rushing — SEY: Seth Jefson, 23-125; L-C: Austin Tlachac, 6-72.
Passing — SEY: Devin VerVoort, 6-6-0-81; L-C: Jake Zeitler, 7-14-0-62.
Receiving — SEY: Ian Hanseter, 1-47; L-C: Tlachac, 4-61..