Last Friday on a humid evening at home, Seymour won a game for the late Jack Couchman, their former head coach, and their 1st football contest since 2016.
And it wasn’t even close. After leading 8-6 at halftime, the Warriors shut down Melcher-Dallas and ran away with it 46-6.
Most of the damage was done by senior running back Sloan Sulser, who often lined up at quarterback. He rushed 18 times for 185 yards and 5 touchdowns. He also had 5 solo tackles and 2 sacks on defense.
“We have JACK stickers on the back of our helmets this season,” said assistant coach Caleb Housh. “We had a little ceremony remembering Coach before the game. As we started to dominate the run game in the second half, my brother and I commented on how much he would have loved to have had a 235-pound running back. We definitely felt Coach’s presence Friday night.”
Caleb’s brother is defensive coordinator Clint Housh. The Warriors recorded 7 sacks on defense.
Wyatt Stansberry also had an excellent showing in his first game ever at quarterback. The Moulton junior completed 2 of 6 passes for 58 yards and 1 touchdown, rushed for 77 yards and made 4 tackles.
Senior wide receiver Wyatt Monohon caught all of Stansberry’s passes, returned 2 kickoffs for 38 yards, returned 2 punts for 19 yards, rushed for 11 yards and made 5 tackles. He also punted 4 times for a 30-yard average.
Senior Dugun Glenn rushed 9 times for 45 yards and led the Warriors with 12 tackles, including 1 for a loss.
Senior Dillon Brist led the team with 3 sacks and recorded 6 solo tackles. John Merritt had 2 sacks.
Jaden Enright made 8 tackles. Trent Rockwood had 2 tackles. Mason Sulser made 1 tackle and recovered a fumble. Colton Webb had 1 tackle for a loss. Matthew Clark had 1 tackle. Lucas Mitchell recovered 1 fumble.
“The biggest difference between this year and last year is confidence,” Caleb Housh said. “The kids played aggressive and confident and it showed on the scoreboard.
“Stansberry played a great game. It took a little while for the offense to get rolling but he did great.
“The defense was just as good as the offense. We knew that Sloan was going to close things out for us. We made the decision at halftime to run the big guy as long as he could go, and he didn’t disappoint.
“Tremendous game from our seniors. Trent Rockwood played guard and defensive tackle and did a phenomenal job. We don’t ask him to make many tackles. His job is to clog up the middle and he did.
“Really, both offensive and defensive lines set the tone for the entire game.”
Now 1-0, the Warriors head to Twin Cedars tonight. The Sabers are down this year at 0-2, having lost to English Valleys and Moravia.