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If the coaching staff wanted to put a sign on the door leading into the Owen County High School football locker room, it might read “no experience necessary.”
As the Rebels get ready to kickoff the season on Friday night at Western Hills, they will be doing it with an almost completely revamped lineup.
Owen County High School Head Football Coach Adam Fowler will have to figure out how to replace almost all of his starters on both offense and defense from a team that has gone 17-6 over the past two seasons.
Graduation was not kind to the Rebels as they lost a quarterback in Adam Hazlett who passed for 4,683 yards and 60 touchdowns over the past two seasons.
During that same time, Collin Trammel rushed for 1,041 yards and 13 scores. He also had 845 receiving yards and 11 more touchdowns.
Chris Day added 1,621 receiving yards and 25 touchdowns while Paul Banks added 1,039 rushing yards and found the end zone 12 times.
On defense, the Rebels also lost some key members in Zach Widener, James Stone, Leo Sanchez and Chris Smith just to name a few.
After starting the season 2-4 last year, the Rebels ran off four straight wins and finished 6-4. The team earned a home playoff game for the second year in a row.
Owen County scored at least 40 points in six games last season.
Last season, Owen County went 5-1 on the road and will need that same kind of production again this year as they play six of their 10 games away from Patterson Field. They will play their first three games of the season on the road before playing their first home game on Sept. 13 against the Lloyd Memorial High School Juggernauts of Erlanger.
The Rebels will begin district play Oct. 4 when they travel to play at Walton-Verona. The Bearcats finished 10-3 last season and were a perfect 4-0 in the district. They return a pair of talented players in Chris Lattimore and William Lattimore. The pair combined for more than 1,500 yards rushing and 21 touchdowns. They handed Owen County its only district loss last year when they won last year 21-14 in Owenton.
The team will follow up that contest with back-to-back home games against Trimble County and Carroll County high schools. The Raiders were 1-9 last year with its only win coming over Clinton County High School. They scored 43 points all season long. The Rebels defeated them 57-6 last year. Carroll County was 7-4 a season ago. They lost to Owen County 59-41 in Carrollton last year. They lost a key member of their team to graduation in Tyshawn Embs who rushed for 2,507 yards and 30 touchdowns in 2012.
Owen County will wrap up the regular season on the road at Gallatin County. The Rebels defeated the Wildcats 59-22 last year. Gallatin County finished the season 6-5 but were just 1-3 in the district.
They lost a key member of their offense in Nick Brown who rushed for 1,008 yards and 11 touchdowns. They do return quarterback, Austin Chapman who threw for over 2,200 yards and 25 scores.
The rest of the schedule includes games at Grant County, Henry County and Bellevue.
The Rebels will play a home game against Thomas Nelson High School out of Bardstown. The Generals are playing their first season of varsity football.