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Rebel football returns Friday night

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By Brian Blair

The 2014 Owen County High School football season is here. The new season gets underway on Friday night as the Rebels welcome Western Hills High School to Patterson Field.
Owen County is hoping to improve on 2013 when they finished 2-9.
In order for the team to get back on track, they will need to improve on both sides of the ball. Offensively, the Rebels scored just 135 points all season. It was the fewest points scored in a season since 2007 when they scored 74 points all year.
Owen County’s best offensive game came against Thomas Nelson High School when they lit up the scoreboard for 45 points.
On the flip side, the team was shutout twice and failed to reach double digits in four other games.
The Rebels also struggled on defense in 2013. The team allowed 404 points on the season which was the most since 2010 when the opposition scored 411 points.
Owen County’s schedule features five homes and five road contests. They will play six teams that finished at .500 or better last season and two teams that failed to record a victory. Their non-district games include contests at Grant County, Lloyd and Thomas Nelson high schools. They will be at home for games against Henry County and Bellevue high schools.
Once again, the Rebels will play four games against district foes. The first will come on Oct, 3 at home against Walton-Verona High School. The Bearcats were 9-3 last season. They will then play on the road at Trimble County and Carroll County the following two weeks before ending the regular season at home on Oct. 24 against Gallatin County. The Raiders finished 0-10 in 2013 while the Panthers were 6-6 and the Wildcats were 10-3.
As for this week’s game, the Rebels will be looking to avenge an opening season loss last year at Western Hills. The Wolverines defeated the Rebels 33-6 in Frankfort. It was the only win of the season for Western Hills as they finished the year 1-9.
The Rebels played a scrimmage on Friday night at Dayton and defeated the Greendevils, 38-16.
Owen County High School Head Football Coach Adam Fowler is entering his seventh year at the helm. He is 37-40 overall while in Owenton.
Game time on Friday night is set for 7:30 p.m.