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Football teams wrap up season

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By The Staff

The Owen County Parks & Recreation Competitive Football teams finished their season with their annual trip to the King of the Hill tournament in Owensboro. All the teams and players once again gained valuable experience on the trip. The U9 team came away with a third-place finish to complete their outstanding season at 20-1.

U8 Division

Owensboro 25

Owen County 0

The young Rebels were faced with a “David vs. Goliath” match-up in this contest. Playing with several younger players, the Rebels were overmatched by the Owensboro squad. The Owen County players held their own for a while, but the rain and cold along with the play of the aptly named Titans proved too much for the Rebels in the end. Kirby Young did receive the game’s “big hit” award for the Rebels.

Bullitt County 7

Owen County 6

The hometown boys started slow in this contest, falling behind 7-0 at the half. Late In the third quarter, the Rebels squad was backed up to their own goal line when Logan Harrod broke a tackle in the end zone and bullied his way down the right sideline for a 29-yard gain. That ignited the Rebels’ offense, which got big runs from Blake Burke, Justin Rassman, and Kirby Young. They marched the ball down to the Bullitt All Stars’ 9-yard line. From there, Harrod rumbled in giving the Rebels a touchdown to cut the Bullitt lead to 7-6. Young was stopped just short of the goal line on the conversion.

Owen County got a great defensive effort in this game from Jason “Bubba” Gray. Justin Rassman received the game’s “big hit” award.

The U8 Rebels were Taran Stephenson, Logan Harrod, Jason Gray, Ethan Fitzgerald, Jaron Alexander, Zach Beatty, Kirby Young, Solomon Teehan, Justin Rassman, Caden Stover, Madison Yancey, Chase Petroff, Dacota Stewart, Hayden McCowan, Blake Burke, Gregory Webster, Dylan Cobb, and Greyson Beatty.

U9 Division

Owen County 34

Hopkins County 0

After receiving a first round bye, the Rebels jumped into action with a dominating game against the team from Hopkins County. The Rebels raced to a 21-0 half-time lead. Owen got touchdown runs in the first half from Ty Smith, Chandler Jones, and Austin Fitzgerald, and conversions from Patrick Osborne, Fitzgerald, and Jones to account for their 21 points. In the second half, Smith added his second TD of the game and Osborne the conversion to push the Rebels to a 28-0 lead. Jones added his second TD of the game for the final margin. Jones was named MVP of the game and Trenton Dalton received the “big hit” award.

Pulaski County 26

Owen County 6

The Rebels ran into a buzz-saw against Pulaski County, as the Mustangs raced to a 19-0 half-time advantage. The Rebels’ faithful got something to cheer about when Patrick Osborne intercepted a pass on the first play of the second half and raced 55 yards for a score to cut the Mustangs’ lead to 19-6. However, that would be the only points the Rebels could muster for the day. Ross Ford had a fumble recovery for the Rebels and he also received the game’s “big hit” award.

The U9 Rebels finished their season with a record of 20-1 and received third place for the King of the Hill Tournament. The U9 Rebels are Austin Fitzgerald, Ty Smith, Greg Taylor, Ross Ford, Chandler Jones, Patrick Osborne, Wyatt Rohling, Blake Duncan, Aaron Bihl, Austin Brown, Austin Prather, David Gray, Grant Smith, Colton Isles, Josh Spaulding, and Trenton Dalton.

U11 Division

Louisville Highview 19

Owen County 0

The small-town Rebels battled the big-city squad on even terms in the first half, battling to a 0-0 halftime score. Garrett Cobb and Jimmy Wolpert had fumble recoveries for the Rebels in the first half. However, the Rebels could not sustain their first-half energy and fell to the Mustangs.

Owen County 41

Sullivan 0

The Rebels pounced on the team from Sullivan and never looked back to gain the win. Mason Borchers had three TDs for the Rebels, Brady Young had two touchdowns, and Daniel Partin had a touchdown. Kylee Hearne had three conversions, Tanner Smith and Gabe Henderson also had conversion runs. Hearne and Borchers received co-MVP honors and Michael Wash received the game’s “big hit” award.

Derby City 18

Owen County 0

The Rebels could muster no offense in the contest despite numerous opportunities created by the Rebels’ defense. Brady Young had three interceptions for the Rebels and Jimmy Wolpert and Gabe Henderson had fumble recoveries. Michael Wash received the game’s “big hit” award.

The U11 Rebels are Tanner Smith, Brady Young, Kylee Hearne, Dalton Mears, Ronnie Griffin, Sammy Chapman, Daniel Partin, Garrett Cobb, Gabe Henderson, Luke Stover, Carson Williams, Jimmy Wolpert, Mason Borchers, Clay Dempsey, Jordan Willhoite, Michael Wash, Jace Bruener, and Taylor Bell.