Rebels bring home opening-night win

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By Brian Blair

Saturday night’s bus ride home from Grant County was much better than the same one they took last year.

Last year, the Rebels lost a heartbreaker 17-10 to the Braves in the Rebels’ first game of the 2009 season.

This season, Owen County held on to a 14-13 victory to claim game one of the 2010 campaign.

Grant County got on the board first in the first quarter to take a 7-0 lead. Owen County responded when Luis Sanchez scored from three-yards out to cut the lead to 7-6. The Rebels lined up for the extra point but the snap was mishandled, forcing the Rebels to scramble for a 2-point conversion. Collin Trammel picked up the loose ball and threw the ball to Paul Banks for the score to give Owen County an 8-7 advantage.

The score remained the same into the third quarter when Grant County regained the lead. After breaking into the end zone, the Braves missed the extra point but still led 13-8.

Heading into the fourth quarter, the Rebels were in need of a big play and again it was Collin Trammel to the rescue.

Trammell took a handoff and went 76 yards for the go-ahead score. This time, the Rebels went for the 2-point conversion but were unsuccessful. They still, however, had a 14-13 advantage.

Late in the game, with the outcome still in doubt, the Rebels were forced to punt.

With Owen County trying to hold on to the lead. it was Grant County that couldn’t hold on to the ball. The Braves fumbled the punt and Logan Lowe recovered, giving the Rebels possession of both the ball and the first win of the season.

 “It feels great to be 1-0, especially beating a rival to do it,” Owen County Head Football Coach Adam Fowler said.

The Rebels will now prepare for Gallatin County, who will come to Owen County Friday night to help the Rebels open up the home portion of its season.

While the Rebels are 1-0, the Wildcats are 0-2 following a 29-28 overtime loss to Walton-Verona and a 47-2 defeat at Carroll County Friday night.

The Rebels defeated the Wildcats 13-7 last year in Warsaw.

As for the team’s preparation for another rivalry game this week, Fowler said the team will need to concentrate on the task at hand.

“The kids are excited and on cloud nine,” Fowler said. “It’s our job as coaches to get them refocused for Gallatin this Friday.”