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September 10, 2011

FOOTBALL: Floyd’s Bramble scores seven TDs in 58-21 win over Seymour

FLOYDS KNOBS — Add Seymour to the list of Floyd Central football opponents who will be celebrating the graduation of tailback Kyle Bramble this spring.

Bramble was a one-man wrecking crew Friday night at Ron Weigleb Stadium, scoring seven touchdowns in the Highlanders’ (4-0, 2-0 Hoosier Hills Conference) 58-21 win over the Owls. In the first half alone, Bramble scored all six of Floyd Central’s touchdowns — four on the ground and two on screen passes from quarterback Bryce Smith.

Bramble’s last touchdown in the first half came with just over a minute left to play, when he caught a pass in the flat, split two Seymour (0-4, 0-3 HHC) defenders, broke a tackle along the Floyd Central sideline and sprinted pass the remainder of the Owls’ defense for a 95-yard score.

“It was good to get out and grab the early lead and start doing a few things offensively,” Glesing, whose squad will travel to face Jeffersonville next Friday, said. “Bramble has really been good for us, but our defense played pretty good tonight, too.”

Floyd Central’s defense was equally dominant — forcing three turnovers in the first half. With Floyd Central leading 14-0 early in the second quarter, Seymour embarked on an impressive nine-play, 80-yard drive that was capped by a 4-yard touchdown run by quarterback Austin Sutton.

The scoring drive seemed to get Floyd Central’s attention.

On Floyd Central’s next possession, Bramble added a 41-yard touchdown run — his third of the game — that brought the lead back up to 21-7 with 8:53 remaining in the first half.

Seymour then had the ball near midfield when on third down Floyd Central’s Tanner Faulkenburg clobbered Sutton as he dropped back to pass, forced the fumble and recovered the loose ball. On Seymour’s next drive, Faulkenburg picked off a Sutton pass at the Owls’ 32.

Both turnovers set up Bramble touchdowns as the Highlanders cruised into intermission with a 42-7 lead.

“It was nice to force a couple of turnovers and make some big plays,” Glesing said. “We’ve given up 21 points in each one of our games this season. We’ve been consistent there, but there’s going to come a point where we’ll have to win a close one.”

Glesing said that despite the easy win, his squad has to continue to keep its focus. They will be heavily favored against the Red Devils next week, but the Sept. 23 matchup against highly-ranked Columbus East and Mr. Football candidate Gunner Kiel looms.

“We look at every game in this conference as a conference championship,” Glesing said. “If we can keep looking at things that way, we’ll be doing pretty good.”

Bramble ended his night with 220 yards rushing and five touchdown runs, and added two catches for 128 yards and two touchdowns before sitting out the third quarter. Smith was equally efficient, completing 8-of-11 passes for 229 yards and three touchdown passes.

Jason Van Buren missed three extra-point attempts, but split the uprights with a 40-yard field goal in the third quarter and also added a 33-yard touchdown grab from Smith late in the third quarter. Scott Nichols grabbed five catches for 60 yards and Trevor Smith sacked Sutton twice for the Highlanders.

Sutton was picked off twice but was effective, completing 12-of-19 passes for 221 yards and two scores, both to 6-foot-5, 230-pound tight end Grant Hubbard.

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