Rebels’ second-half surge leads to second win

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By Brian Blair

Going into Friday night’s game with Owen County High School, the Western Hills’ defense had given up 156 points in three games. You can add 49 more to that total.
After taking a 21-20 lead into halftime, the Rebels came out of the locker room and exploded for 28 second-half points.
The defense did its job as well as Owen County evened its record at 2-2 with a 49-20 win over the Wolverines.
The two teams played a scoreless first quarter before the Wolverines put the first points on the board in the second.
Down 7-0, Owen County responded when Paul Banks scored on a short touchdown run to even things up at 7-7.
Western Hills would take the lead right back after the ensuing kickoff was returned for a score.
Once again finding themselves down, the Rebels would tie the game only to see the Wolverines go back in front.
Owen County would score late in the first half to take the lead into the intermission.
The Rebels would dominate the second half not allowing Western Hills to get anything going offensively. In all, Owen County would score 28 second-half points and come back to Owenton with their second win of the season.
Several players had big nights for the Rebels.
Adam Hazlett tossed four touchdown passes. Three of those Hazlett TD passes went to Chris Day and the other Collin Trammel.
Trammel also scored a touchdown on the ground as did Chris Smith.
The win improves Owen County to 2-2 on the season.
Owen County High School Head Football Coach Adam Fowler said being 2-2 heading into the bye week is much better than 1-3.
“It feels great, ” Fowler said
The week off is big for his team in one important area.
“We have to get healthy,” Fowler said.
After having this Friday night off, the Rebels will be back on the field on Sept. 21 when Bellevue comes to Owenton.
Owen County went on the road and defeated the Tigers 38-12 last season.
Bellevue is 1-3 on the season and will be on the field this week as they travel to play Carroll County. It will be the final non-district game of the season before the Rebels welcome Walton-Verona to town on the final Friday night in September.
Among district teams in action on Friday night, Gallatin County and Carroll County each stayed perfect. The Wildcats defeated Atherton 48-36 while the Panthers knocked off Kentucky County Day 39-29. Walton-Verona fell to 2-2 on the year after they lost at Lloyd 38-33. Trimble County had a bye.