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Owen County youth Rebels end season

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By The Staff

The Owen County Youth Mighty Pro and Power House football teams recently hosted the Rebel Rumble at Patterson field in preparation for their annual trip to the King of the Hill Classic in Owensboro. The King of the Hill is a national tournament that draws teams from several states.

Mighty Pro Division

Rebel Rumble

Owen, 18 - Shelby, 0

The Rebels jumped to a quick 6-0 lead on a 60-yard gallop for a touchdown by Ty Smith. The defense, which collected five turnovers for the game, stepped up on the next series with a fumble-recovery by Cameron Perkins. Smith took advantage of the opportunity with a 22-yard touchdown to push the Rebels’ lead to 12-0 at the half. In the second half, Perkins collected his second fumble of the game. Smith scored his third TD, a 3-yard sweep for an 18-0 advantage. The defense dominated the rest of the half with interceptions by Smith and Logan Harrod and a fumble recovery by Justin Rassman. Smith was named the offensive player of the game and Jason Gray was the defensive player of the game.

King of the Hill Classic

Owen, 7 - Bullitt, 0

The Rebels and the Cougars battled each other to a 0-0 first half score. The score remained 0-0 into the fourth quarter. With five minutes to go in the game, and the Rebels facing poor field position at their own 11-yard line, they mounted a drive behind the running of Kirby Young, Blake Duncan, Ty Smith, and Zach Beatty down to the Cougars’ 12-yard line. A penalty moved the ball back to the 17-yard line. Another big penalty moved the Rebels back 15 more yards to the 32-yard line. That’s when the Rebels offense broke out a little trickery. On second-and-30, Logan Harrod took a hand-off and swept to the left side. Harrod side-stepped a defender and stiff-armed a second before he pulled up and hit a wide open Smith for a 32-yard touchdown strike. Young added the conversion to push the Rebels into a 7-0 lead. The Rebels’ defense held the Cougars on their next possession and then ran out the clock for the win. Smith was named MVP for the game.

Highview, 27  - Owen, 0

The Rebels faced a tough draw, playing last year’s defending champion and this year’s eventual champion, Highview, in their second game. The Mustangs streaked to a 20-0 half-time lead on their way to the win. Kirby Young had a fumble recovery for the Rebels and Zach Beatty received the Big Hit award.

Power House Division

Rebel Rumble

Center Grove Trojans, 34

Owen County, 0

The Power House Rebels, who were missing several players, faced a tall task in this contest against a very good team from Indianapolis. The short-handed Rebels battled but had no answer for the speed of the Trojans. Austin Fitzgerald was named the offensive player of the game for the Rebels, and Garrett Cobb was the defensive player of the game.

King of the Hill Classic

Marion Titans, 27

Owen County, 0

The Power House Rebels had no answer for the team from Ohio. Mason Borchers received the Big Hit trophy for the Rebels.

Owen, 26 – Bullitt, 6

The Rebels blasted out to a 26-0 lead in the first half and coasted to the victory. The Rebels’ first score came after two big runs by Austin Fitzgerald gave them a first-and-goal at the Cougars’ 2-yard line. Mason Borchers scored on a 2-yard run and Fitzgerald added the conversion for an early 7-0 lead. David Gray pounced on a fumble for the defense to give the ball back to the Rebels. A big run by Shawn Gripshover and another big run by Fitzgerald pushed the ball to the Cougars’ 12-yard line. From there, Fitzgerald blasted in for the score and Gripshover added the conversion to push the Rebels lead to 14-0. Later in the half, Borchers broke free on a 20-yard TD romp to push the Rebels advantage to 20-0. The defense came up big again, causing a fumble that was recovered by Taylor Bell. Two big runs by Gripshover pushed the ball to the Cougars’ 12-yard line. From there Fitzgerald swept in to push the score to 26-0. Sammy Chapman had a fumble-recovery to end the half for the Rebels. Both teams battled evenly in the second half before the Cougars put a score up late. Fitzgerald was named the game’s MVP.