Rebels drop season opener on road

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By Brian Blair

The Owen County High School football team hopes Friday night’s loss at Western Hills High School will be a learning experience for a young team.
For the second year in a row, the Rebels traveled to Frankfort to take on the Wolverines.
After winning big last year, Owen County mistakes and a solid ground game by Western Hills led to a 33-6 defeat to begin the season.
It is the second season in a row the Rebels have lost their first game of the season. Owen County began last year with a loss at Lloyd Memorial in Erlanger.
The Wolverines were able to capitalize on Rebel turnovers to race out to a 25-0 halftime lead.
They would add another score in the third quarter to lead 33-0 heading into the fourth quarter.
Owen County did finish the game with something to build on as Tanner Smith connected with Ross Ford on a touchdown pass in the final quarter helping the Rebels to avoid the shutout.
Western Hills junior quarterback Nick Young rushed for three scores and the Wolverine defense limited Owen County to just 88 yards of total offense.
Owen County High School Head Football Coach Adam Fowler said he has to focus on the positives from the game instead of dwelling on the negative.
“It’s the first game with a young team,” Fowler said. “We just have to focus on the small things and keep working.”
The Rebels will get their chance to get in the win column on Saturday night when they travel to Dry Ridge to take on Grant County in the Commonwealth Counseling Bowl. The game is scheduled to kickoff at 8 p.m. Gallatin County and Harrison County high schools will play the first game of the night beginning at 5 p.m.
The game will be the sixth time in a row Owen County has played Grant County on the road. The Rebels have won the last three including a 44-14 victory last year.
The Braves were in action on Saturday night as they traveled to play at Middlesboro. Grant County came back home after dropping a 48-20 decision to the Yellow Jackets.
Owen County will be looking to avoid their first 0-2 start since 2003. Last season after dropping their opener at Lloyd, the team bounced back with a big win over Grant County.