Fowler earns first win for Rebel Football

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By Brian Blair

So much for the victory celebration Bishop Brossart had planned.

The Owen County football team ruined any hopes the Mustangs had of getting their first ever varsity win on Friday night. Instead, they gave head coach Adam Fowler his first win as a varsity head coach by beating the second-year program 18-6 at Newport High School.

When asked if it was nice to get the monkey off his back in week one, Fowler said, “It really is. All the pressure is gone.”

The Rebels earned their first win of the 2008 season. On the opening drive of the game, the Mustangs drove the ball inside the Owen County 10-yard line to set up a first-and-goal situation. The Rebels’ defense held firm and stopped the Mustangs on four straight plays to get the ball for the first time.

The Rebels then turned around and gave it right back when Jordan Cox was picked off on Owen County’s first play.

Again, Brossart drove down the field and this time was able to punch the ball into the end zone for a score. The extra point failed and with 11:56 to play in the first half, Brossart had a 6-0 lead.

The Rebels came right back on their next drive, and after Matt Harris ripped off a big run, Owen County had a first-and-goal chance of their own. Cox then scored on a quarterback sneak and after a successful extra point, the Rebels had a 7-6 lead halfway through the second quarter.

On the Mustangs’ next drive it would again be the Rebels’ defense that made a big play. Merrill Creech intercepted a pass to set up Owen County with the ball on the Brossart 20-yard-line. Creech said he knew the play was coming and was somewhat stunned when he caught the ball. “We watched film on it during the week. When I caught it, I didn’t realize I had it.”

It looked like penalties might stop the drive, but a Cox, 32-yard touchdown pass from Cox to Tyler Williams put the Rebels on top 13-6 a minute before halftime.

It looked like Owen County would score on the opening drive of the second half. The drive was stopped, however, when Cox was again picked off inside the 10-yard-line. Brossart was unable to do anything with the turnover and was forced to punt. The snap, however, went over the head of the punter and out of the back of the end zone for a Rebel safety to make the score 15-6.

Following the free kick after the safety, Owen County drove inside the ten-yard-line and added three points when Justin Davis nailed a 28-yard field goal to give Owen County an 18-6 lead. Davis, who is also the goalie on the Rebels’ soccer team, said of his kick, “It felt good. It went through.” The kick was the first attempt of his career. The Rebels did not have a field goal or an extra point all of last season.

The fourth quarter saw the Rebels do what they had to do to secure the win, and after having a cooler of water poured over his head, Coach Fowler and the rest of the Rebels could celebrate their first win.

Fowler told the team after the game that he was happy that they would not be the answer to the history question, “Who did Brossart get their first win against?” When asked if that was a motivating factor during the week, Fowler said, “We used it a lot.”

Fowler was not the only one happy with the victory. “This is big,” said Cox after the game.

For the Rebels, they find themselves in the same place they were a year ago. Owen County defeated Brossart last year to win their first game and then would not taste victory again. When asked how to avoid that this time around, Cox said, “We just move on. We don’t get a big head.”

“We jump right back on it,” said Fowler following the win. “Are we going to be happy with a little bit of success?”

Owen County does not have the chance to rest on their laurels. The Rebels will next host rival Gallatin County on Friday night.

Cox knows how important the game is. “It is huge. It is a big rival.”