April 24, 2024

Brownstown, Ind – Blevins Memorial Stadium will be on fire Friday night as it’s that time of the year again folks. It’s time for the Jackson Bowl! The annual battle for Jackson County football supremacy is upon us. Brownstown Central welcomes non-conference foe Seymour in the SISN featured Game Of The Week. Both teams come in hot as the Braves have won 3 straight and the Owls are on a 2 game winning streak themselves. Brownstown has won the last 3 games in the series so Seymour will have some added motivation to put an end to their losing streak.

“This is a big game for this community. It’s a big game for their community. There’s a reason it’s a rivalry game,”

Seymour head coach Tyson Moore told The Tribune

So, without further Adieu, lets get into the nuts and bolts of each team in our SISN Game of the Week preview.

Seymour Owls (3-2 OVR , 3-1 CONF)

Seymour has had a bit of an up and down season this year. They’ve been beat hard by Greenwood and Columbus East, but come in riding a 2 game winning streak. Seymour has been bit by the injury bug a bit losing key players on offense and defense. Seymour will look to pound the ball on the ground to open up the passing game.

“Getting our run game established in any game is first and foremost, if you don’t have a running game, you won’t have a passing game. We’ve put a lot of emphasis on that the last couple of weeks. If we want any type of success on Friday, we have to be able to run the football on the ground.”

Seymour head coach Tyson Moore told The Tribune

The Owls defense has stepped up in recent games holding Bedford North Lawrence to just 6 points last week. Seymour will have to try and stop the Braves high powered rushing attack if they want any chance of winning.

Players To Watch

WR Jaylen Johnson

While Jaylen has yet to play a down this year, he has been getting reps in practice and seems to be a game time decision. He absolutely torched the Braves with 8 catches for 128 yards last year.

QB Bret Perry

Photo courtesy of WBIW

Bret had a very solid game in his last outing throwing for 214 yards and 2 touchdowns. He has gelled with WR Jack Pennington as of late and if he has Jaylen back then watch out for the Owls passing game.

Brownstown Central Braves (4-1 OVR , 4-1 CONF)

Brownstown comes into the Jackson Bowl with only one loss on the year to Southern Indiana powerhouse Charlestown. Sitting at 2nd currently to aforementioned Charlestown in the Mid-Southern Conference. Riding a 3 game winning streak and with extra emphasis to beat their rival, Brownstown will be ready to play.

“It helps us get prepared for the sectional, their schedule is a lot tougher than our schedule. It’s a good time for us to have this game. We just got a big win over North Harrison and Salem, so we’re on a bit of a roll here. This game, win or lose, helps us come tournament time, and that’s why we wanted to pick them up on our schedule.”

They run the Southern Indiana staple Wing-T offense, which has produced an eye-popping 350 yards a game on the ground. They don’t pass the ball much but why would you when your run game can produce as it has for the Braves.

Players to Watch

QB Carson Darlage

Photo Courtesy of The Tribune

Darlage isn’t asked to pass the ball much, but he doesn’t need to. He has amassed a team high 579 yards good for 116 per game. Look for Darlage to sustain this success against a suspect Seymour rush defense.

RB Lane Zike

Photo courtesy of The Tribune

Running out of the Wing-T Zike comes in second on the team in yards per game at 78. He has shown the ability to break the long run and averages over 9 yards a carry. This kid can be electric.

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