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Alvord drops district opener to Seymour

By Richard Greene | Published Friday, October 19, 2018.
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On their opening drive, the Alvord Bulldogs marched into Seymour territory before self-inflicted wounds — a false start followed by a fumbled snap that led to a punt block — ended a promising drive.

It was a sign of things to come.

Alvord (4-3, 0-1) turned the ball over five times and failed to find the end zone Friday in a 23-0 loss in the District 4-2A Division I opener at Bulldog Stadium.

Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt.

“Turnovers and penalties. Seymour has a really good squad,” said Alvord coach Pete Hart. “We knew we were going to have to come in and play a pretty clean football game. We had untimely turnovers and untimely penalties. It was not a lack of effort on our kids’ part. They played hard.”

The loss ended the Bulldogs’ three-game winning in which they averaged 52.3 points.

On a slick field after a week of rain, Alvord was shut out and managed only 179 yards. Quarterback Corbyn Cornell rushed for 85 yards on 14 carries.

“It was one of those games where the offense wasn’t executing,” said Alvord running back Tanner Richey. “When you make mistakes against good teams it kills you.”

Along with the five turnovers, the Bulldogs were flagged 10 times for 102 yards.
Alvord turned the ball over three times in the first half — once in the red zone and another at midfield — to help Seymour to a 14-0 halftime lead.

Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt.

Seymour took advantage of the second Alvord turnover with Garrett Siegert slipping a tackle on a short pass from Cade Holden and then tight-roping the sideline for a 40-yard touchdown.

Siegert found the end zone again in the fourth quarter on a sweep from nine yards out. He finished with four catches for 76 yards and the one rush.

The Panthers took the two-score lead just before halftime. Three plays after a pass interference call against Alvord gave Seymour a first and goal, Holden snuck across the goal line for a 1-yard score.

The Alvord defense kept the Bulldogs in game until the final frame. Grant Wright hit a 32-yard field with 11:56 left to capitalize on an Alvord fumble. On the ensuing kickoff, the Bulldogs coughed the ball up again to set up Siegert’s final touchdown.
Seymour finished with 200 yards.

“Defensively, our kids got after them for four quarters,” Hart said. “We played with our backs to our end zone several times because of turnovers. But I’m not going to fault those kids that turned the ball over. Those are some of our best leaders on the football team. There’s never a doubt that they are doing whatever they can to help us win.”

Alvord will head to Lindsay next week to look for its first league victory.

“We just need to rebound and work as hard as we can next week,” Richey said.

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