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The opening five weeks of the season have not gone exactly how the Owen County High School Rebels had wanted.
As they headed to Verona Friday night, they were hoping district play would provide them with a fresh start.
After being held to just three first-quarter points, the Bearcats were able to get things going in the second quarter. The offense was able to extend the lead to 17-0 before William Lattimore picked off a Tanner Smith pass and returned it 21 yards for a Walton-Verona touchdown.
Owen County was able to get on the board before the half when Smith connected with Brady Young for a 30-yard touchdown. Nash Croley converted the extra point but the Rebels still found themselves in a 31-7 hole at halftime.
Smith was able to throw two more touchdown passes in the second half. The first came in the third quarter to Logan Lowe and the other was a fourth quarter toss to Logan Webster. It would be the first time in his career Smith has thrown three touchdowns in a game. Unfortunately it would not be enough as the Bearcats won the game 51-20.
The loss dropped the Rebels to 1-6 overall and 0-1 in district action.
The Bearcats improved to 6-1 overall and 2-0 in the district.
Owen County will return home Friday night as they welcome Trimble County High School to Owenton for homecoming. The Raiders are looking for their first win of the season after losing 22-12 to Eminence last week.
Like Owen County, they are 0-1 in the district.
In other action last week, Gallatin County (5-2,2-0) defeated Carroll County (2-5,0-2) 48-13.
Homecoming will not be the only thing going on Friday night. It will also be the night when Owen County celebrates 50 years of football at OCHS.
At halftime, the first football team from 1963 will be honored as well all alumni who have ever suited up for the Rebels.