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OCHS football celebrates 50th anniversary with win

By Brian Blair

It was a night for celebrating at Patterson Field on Friday.
Before the game, Krissy Swigert was named 2013 Owen County High School Football Homecoming Queen.
At halftime, Owen County honored the first Rebel football team from 1963 and rededicated Guy Patterson Field.
The evening wrapped up by celebrating an Owen County win.
After falling behind 6-0 in the first quarter, the Rebels’ defense held Trimble County High School scoreless the rest of the night.
The offense and special teams did their part and lead Owen County to a 19-6 victory.
Things began well enough for Owen County.
For the first time this season, the defense forced a three-and-out on the opponent’s opening possession.
Following the Trimble County punt, the offense gave the ball right back to the Raiders on a fumble.
The Raiders methodically marched 38 yards for a score when Tevin Taylor scored from 2-yards outs with 2:39 to play in the first quarter. The 2-point conversion failed but Trimble County had the early 6-0 lead.
Owen County didn’t take long to respond.
Two plays after the Trimble County score, Tanner Smith found Logan Webster open in the middle of the field for a 52-yard touchdown pass.
The point after was no good but with 1:51 left in the first quarter, the Rebels had tied the game at 6-6.
The score remained tied until the middle of the second quarter when Webster again found the end zone.
This time, he fielded a Trimble County punt and returned it 42 yards for the score.
Owen County senior Nash Croley converted the extra point to give the Rebels a 13-6 advantage with 6:51 left in the first half.
Trimble County threatened late in the half but the drive ended when Bobby Duncan intercepted a pass which allowed the Rebels to maintain the 13-6 lead at the half.
In the second half, offense was at a premium.
In the middle of the fourth quarter, the Owen County defense made a big play.
With 6:55 left in the game, Webster capped off a big night by intercepting a pass and returning it to the 16-yard line.
Less than two minutes later, Rebel senior Logan Lowe rushed in from 2-yards away to seal the Owen County win.
The win improved the Rebels to 2-6 on the season and 1-1 in the district.
The loss dropped Trimble County to 0-7 overall and 0-2 in the district.
The win assures the Rebels a spot in the Class 2A State Playoffs.
With wins in their final two games, Owen County could host a first round game.
Grabbing the home field advantage for a playoff game is driving the team.
“We talk about it every day,” Webster said following the win. “We win these next two games and we have a home playoff game.”
Webster knows it will not be easy and that the team needs to work hard this week in order to be ready.
“We need to have a really good week of practice,” Webster said.
Owen County High School Head Football Coach Adam Fowler knows how important the next two games are but said getting the win over  Trimble County capped off a big night for one member of his staff.
“This is a great night for Coach (Pat) Patterson and his family to see his dad remembered like that,” Fowler said. “I think that was pretty special.”
The Rebels will now get ready for their final regular season home game this week against Carroll County High School.
The Panthers will come to Owenton with a 2-5 record and riding a three-game losing streak. They are 0-2 in the district.
In other district action Friday night, Gallatin County (6-2, 3-1) went on the road and defeated Walton-Verona (6-2, 3-1) 23-19.
Kickoff on Friday night will be 7:30 at Patterson Field.