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The Owen County Parks & Recreation youth competitive football teams recently completed games against Pendleton County and Grant County. The Mighty Pro and Power House teams both came away victorious against both rivals, while the Midget team suffered losses in both of their contests. The following is a recap of the action:
Pendleton Co. – 27
Owen County – 0
The Panthers jumped on the young Rebels from the opening play and never looked back to capture the victory.
Grant Blue – 33
Owen County – 12
The midget squad found themselves in a situation similar to their first game when they found themselves down early 20-0. However, a big fumble recovery by Brian Ransdell started the Rebels’ motor. Taking advantage of the opportunity, the Rebels’ Ethan Fitzgerald broke loose for a big run to the Braves’ 5-yard line. From there, Jalen Spaulding found the end zone for the Rebels’ first TD of the season. The celebration was short-lived as the Braves scored again before halftime to go to the intermission leading 27-6. In the second half, the Rebels picked up another score behind the running of Fitzgerald and Spaulding. Fitzgerald scored the Rebels’ second TD with a 10-yard blast up the middle. Gregory Webster also had a fumble recovery in the second half.
Mighty Pro Division
Owen County – 20
Pendleton Co. – 0
The Rebels got on the board early when Kirby Young provided a monster block to spring Ty Smith free down the right side-line for a 35-yard TD run. A Young pass to Cameron Perkins added the conversion to put the Rebels up 7-0. The Rebels’ defense held the Panthers to a three-and-out. Smith provided the heroics with a big 30-yard punt return and a 20-yard run to the Panthers’ 1-foot line. From there, Young bullied in for the touchdown. Blake Duncan added the conversion to push the Rebels ahead 14-0. In the second half, Young returned the opening kick-off 35 yards to the Panther twenty-four yard line. Smith then had a nifty cut back move for a TD to increase the Rebels’ lead to 20-0. Smith also had a fumble recovery and Duncan had a nice 28-yard punt return in the second half.
Owen County – 33
Grant Blue – 0
Like the previous contest, Ty Smith got the Rebels on the score board in a hurry with a 62-yard TD sweep down the left side-line for a 6-0 advantage. On the Rebels’ next series, Greg Taylor provided the big run for his team with a 36-yard jaunt around the right side to the Braves 10-yard line. From there, Cameron Perkins came up with the big play when he jumped over a Braves- defender to steal a pass away for a Rebels’ touchdown. Blake Duncan added the conversion for a 13-0 Rebels’ lead. On the Rebels’ next series, another big run by Smith set up Taylor for a 15-yard TD run. Kirby Young added the conversion for a big 20-0 Rebels lead at the half. In the second half, Logan Harrod continued the big running for the Rebels when he broke loose on a 47-yard run down the left side-line. Harrod broke loose again for a 17-yard gain, but he had the ball punched out of his arm from behind. The Rebels caught a break when Mason Bishop pounced on the ball at the 5-yard line to allow his team to keep possession. Madison Yancey took advantage of the opportunity on the next play, slicing into the end-zone for a touchdown. Chase Petroff added the conversion to push the Rebels’ advantage to 27-0. Late in the second half, the Rebels marched down the field again behind the running of Blake Burke, Yancey, Petroff, and Harrod. Harrod capped the drive with a 25-yard sweep around the right side for a touchdown.
Power House Division
Owen County – 29
Pendleton County - 0
The power house squad scored early and often to put this game away in the first half. After holding the Panthers on their first offensive series, the Rebels’ Patrick Osborne fielded a punt at his own 45-yard line and followed some nice blocking down the right sideline for a 55-yard TD run. Osborne added the conversion to push the Rebels up 7-0. On the Panthers’ next series, Carson Williams shot through the Pendleton offensive line to cause and recover a fumble. From there, Mason Borchers took over when he broke loose for a 50-yard TD sweep down the right side-line. Osborne added the conversion for a 14-0 Rebels lead. On the Rebels’ next series, QB Nolan Tackett and Austin Fitzgerald hooked up on a nice pass play with Fitzgerald carrying the ball to the Panthers’ 4-yard line.
From there, Austin Herrington found the end zone.
The Tackett-to-Fitzgerald pass worked again for the conversion, sending the Rebels to the half leading 21-0.
In the second half, the Rebels’ defense put points on the board when Wyatt Rohling and Sammy Chapman tackled a Panthers’ ball carrier in the end zone for a safety to push the lead to 23-0. The Rebels’ final score came after a big punt return by Chandler Jones to the Panthers 14-yard line. From there, Herrington scored his second TD of the game for a 29-0 Rebels’ win.
Owen County – 7
Grant Blue – 0
The Rebels resorted to a little trickery to start the game by on-side kicking the opening kick-off. Chandler Jones pounced on the ball to give possession to the Rebels. Runs by the “Austin-Brigade,” Austin Fitzgerald, Austin Herrington, and Austin Brown, and a big run by Patrick Osborne pushed the ball to the Braves 1-foot line. From there, Nolan Tackett pushed his way in for the score. Fitzgerald added the conversion to give the Rebels, what turned out to be, all the points they would need at 7-0. The Rebels did have another golden chance to score before the half when Carson Williams recovered a fumble at the Braves 10-yard line. However, the offense could not take advantage of the opportunity. The second half of the game was a defensive struggle with neither team able to score. Garrett Cobb had an excellent game for the Rebels on defense.