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After beginning the season with back-to-back losses, the playoffs may not have been on the minds of the Bowling Middle School Rebels.
After six-straight wins to finish the season, they can think about them now.
The Rebels will host Henry County at 5 p.m. Saturday at Patterson Field in the first round of the middle school playoffs.
The game will be a rematch of the second game of the season when the Wildcats defeated the Rebels 44-8. The boys from Bowling Middle School are looking forward to the rematch.
Since that loss, they have won six in a row and most in dominant fashion.
They took care of Gallatin County, 30-6; Grant County, 36-6; Trimble County, 30-6; and Carroll County, 30-6.
The Rebels also have a 14-12 win over Frankfort and a 44-28 victory against Bondurant Middle School.
According to Bowling Middle School Head Football Coach Tommy Tackett, the Rebels are a balanced team that has grown since their first two games of the season.
“Hopefully, they have learned something,” Tackett said.
Offensively, the team is led by Michael Wash,who has scored eight touchdowns and is averaging 8.5 yards per carry.
Brady Young has found the end zone five times and gains an average of 6.9 yards every time he carries the football.
On defense, Wash leads the team with 76 tackles, followed by Jimmy Wolpert with 56 tackles. Derrick Rudy has 53 tackles, while Dalton Mears has recorded 51 tackles.
Tackett said the team is looking forward to playing Henry County again.
“Most kids wanted another chance to play them,” said Tackett, who feels the experience his team has gained since the first meeting will be valuable in the upcoming contest.
Tackett said the key to beating the Wildcats will be making plays early in the game. “We need to stay in the game early.”
He also said his team will need to keep Henry County from scoring on big plays.
The Rebels reached the playoff two years ago after not losing a game in the regular season. They were defeated in the first round by Grant County after they won the match-up during the regular season.
Tackett is hoping the same thing will happen this year only in reverse. The Wildcats will come to Owenton Saturday night with a 9-0 record and having beaten the Rebels during the regular season.