Comeback falls short

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Owen County suffers homecoming loss

By Brian Blair

Friday night’s Owen County High School football homecoming contest came down to the final seconds and then some.
After leading 7-0 at halftime, the Rebels found themselves down 21-7 early in the fourth quarter.
Owen County however refused to quit clawing their way back to 21-14 with 2:28 left to play in the game.
With the Walton-Verona offense coming on the field, Owen County had three timeouts remained and had to force a three-and-out to have a chance to tie the game. That is exactly what they would get as the defense came up big and forced the punt.
Following the punt, the Rebels had 1:59 and 71 yards between themselves and overtime.
Owen County marched down the field to 20 yard with 2.2 seconds left on the clock.
On the final play, Owen County High School quarterback Adam Hazlett fired a pass across the middle intended for Collin Beckham.
The pass hit the ground but so did a yellow penalty flag.
A pass-interference call against Walton-Verona gave Owen County one final untimed down at the 10-yard line.
With the outcome in the balance, Hazlett lofted a pass into the end zone for Chris Day. The pass went over the senior’s head and was intercepted sending the Rebels to the defeat.
With the loss, Owen County falls to 2-4 overall and 0-1 in District 5 action. Walton-Verona improves to 4-2 overall and 2-0 in the district.
For the second week in a row, the Rebels got on the board first.
On their second drive of the game, Hazlett found Day in the front of the end zone for a nine-yard touchdown pass.
Nathan Rivera added the extra point to give Owen County the 7-0 advantage with 4:04 remaining in the opening quarter. The drive was setup when Paul Banks recovered a fumble on Walton-Verona’s opening drive.
The Bearcats lined up for a field goal with just seconds left in the first half. They would not get the kick off as the snap sailed over the head of the holder to end the half with the Rebels holding on to the 7-0 advantage.
The third quarter would be the Owen County undoing.
The Bearcats would score twice on runs by Mason Compton. The first was a nine-yard run and the second was a one-yard plunge on fourth and goal.
With the two scores, the Bearcats led 14-7 heading into the fourth quarter.
On the first play of the fourth quarter, Compton raced 66 yards to the one-yard line to set up first and goal again.
Compton would not waste any time converting as he scored on the next play to extend the Bearcats’ advantage to 21-7 with 11:24 to play in the game.
It did not appear the Rebels were going to make a late game charge until with six minutes to play Hazlett found Banks over the middle for a 60-yard touchdown pass. Rivera’s extra point made the score 21-14.
The Rebels’ defense played well over the final 5:45 to give the offense a chance to tie before the comeback fell short.
Owen County High School Head Football Coach Adam Fowler appreciated the fight in his team but also admitted where the game got away.  
“We had a bad third quarter and you can’t have bad third quarters against good teams,” Fowler said.
The Rebels will look to rebound Friday night as they head to Bedford to take on Trimble County.
The Raiders are reeling following a 40-6 loss to Eminence on Friday night.
After winning their second game of the year, Trimble County has dropped four straight.
In the four losses, the Raiders have been outscored 161 to 6.