Heartbreak for Rebels as Owen falls, 14-13

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By Brian Blair

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The Owen County Rebels went into Friday night’s game looking for their third win of the season. They seemed poised to get it, but it was not to be, as the Rebels fell to Christian Academy-Louisville 14-13.

The game could not have started any better for Owen County. After holding the Centurions to a three and out on their first possession, the Rebels began their first drive on the 40-yard line.

Jared Johnson took the handoff on Owen County’s first play and scampered 60 yards to the house for a Rebels score. The point after was no good but Owen County had a 6-0 lead with 9:45 to play in the first quarter.

The good feelings did not last long. On their next play from scrimmage, Christian Academy’s Michael Arnold raced 72 yards for a touchdown. The extra point was good, giving the visitors a 7-6 lead with 9:26 remaining in the first quarter.

Both defenses stiffened for the rest of the first half.

The Rebels’ defense came up with a big play stopping the Centurions on fourth and short at the 28-yard line.

Owen County would come up with two more big plays late in the first half when it seemed Christian Academy was about to score.

Dillon Mears sacked the opposing quarterback on third down from the 11-yard line pushing the ball back to the 20.

On fourth down, the Centurions attempted a field goal only to have the Rebels block it.

The Rebels ended one more Centurion threat during the final minute of the half when Matt Harris intercepted a pass.

Despite the fact the Rebels trailed at the half, their confidence seemed to be high when the second half began.

Although Owen County turned the ball over on its first two possessions of the half, the defense was making plays to keep their team in the game.

The Rebels did catch a break midway through the third quarter when a 42-yard field goal attempt by Christian Academy fell just short. It proved to be just the break the offense would need.

The Rebels took over at the 32-yard line and after big runs by Johnson and Harris, Owen County had first-and-10 at the Centurion 21-yard line.

On the next play, Harris finished off the drive with a 21-yard touchdown run to give Owen County the lead. Following the point after, the Rebels had a 13-7 advantage.

The score remained that way into the fourth quarter.

With less than eight minutes to play in the game, it appeared the momentum shifted to the Centurions.

The Rebels forced a punt but while attempting to catch the ball in traffic, Matt Harris fumbled and the Christian Academy recovered at the Rebels’ 15-yard line.

Once again, the Rebels’ defense rose up and made a big play.

Owen County stopped the visitors short on a fourth-and-one play to give the offense the ball back.

The Rebels were forced to punt out of the end zone and a short kick gave the ball back to the Centurions just 26 yards away from a tying score.

Christian Academy quickly took advantage.

A pass to the 2-yard line set up David Risher for a short touchdown run with 3:46 left in the game. The PAT put Owen County behind 14-13.

A good kickoff return by Harris gave Owen County the ball at the 40-yard line and one more chance to win the game.

The Rebels were faced with a fourth-and-two with 1:19 to play when Harris ran to the 15-yard line to set up first down.

Jordan Cox was tackled at the line of scrimmage on first down and then spiked the ball on second down to stop the clock with 38 seconds left.

On third down, Cox scrambled and ran out of bounds just short of a first down at the 6-yard line.

On fourth down, Cox was tackled short of a first down giving the ball back to Christian Academy and sealing the Rebels’ fate.

The loss sent the Rebels to 2-7 on the season with one final home game remaining. They play Trimble County Friday night.

Trimble County is also 2-7 after a 50-0 victory over Bracken County Friday.

The Centurions improved to 4-4 on the season with the win.

In other district action last week, DeSales captured the district title with a 30-15 win over Carroll County.