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On homecoming night, Owen County fails to finish off Bourbon County

By Brian Blair

Friday night’s loss to Bourbon County was not due to a lack of chances.

Three times in the second half the Rebels had the ball first and goal and failed to cash in. The result was Bourbon County leaving Owenton and heading back to Paris with a 10-6 win on Owen County High School Homecoming night.

The Colonels entered the game still looking to taste victory for the first time this season. They were 0-4 and coming off a 52-7 loss the week before to Holmes.

Owen County High School Head Football Coach Adam Fowler stressed to his team Bourbon County was not a typical winless team and shouldn’t be taken lightly.

The evidence of this fact came on the Colonels’ opening drive of the game.

Bourbon County took the opening kickoff and promptly marched 61 yards down the field for a score. The touchdown came when Devon Arnold was on the receiving end of a 13-yard touchdown pass. The 2-point conversion was good and Bourbon County had a quick 8-0 advantage.

The Rebels’ first drive began well when they picked up a first down on their opening play. They were unable to convert another and were forced to punt the ball back to Bourbon County.

The Colonels again drove down the field and appeared to be heading in for another score when they put the ball on the turf and Chris Day picked it up at the 11-yard line.

Owen County would run one play before the quarter ended giving them a total of five plays in the first quarter.

The first two plays of the second quarter went nowhere for the Rebels forcing them to punt out of their own end zone.

The snap would be too high and go over the head of the punter Victor Zapote and out of the back of the end zone for a safety. With the additional 2 points, Bourbon County led 10-0.

It appeared the Colonels would take their 10-point lead into halftime until on the final play of the half, instead of kneeling down and letting the clock run out, they got greedy.

A desperation pass for the quarterback was picked off by Chris Day and returned 58 yards for a touchdown. The extra point was no good but Owen County had trimmed the deficit to 10-6 heading into intermission.

 “Chris Day made an outstanding play,” Fowler sasid of the run-and-catch for the score.

The Rebels would get the ball to open the second half and would march down the field to the 14-yard line.

An Adam Hazlett pass would fall incomplete to Sawyer Williams in the end zone but a pass interference call on Bourbon County would set the Rebels up with first and goal at the 5-yard line.

Owen County, however, could not convert as Hazlett’s pass to Collin Trammel in the end zone was too high, giving the ball back to the Colonels.

On the ensuing drive, the Colonels would be forced to punt,

But just like Owen County’s previous attempt, the snap went over the head of the punter and was down at the 7-yard line, setting up first and goal for the Rebels.

Again, Owen County could punch the ball across the goal line and the drive ended with an interception in the end zone on fourth down.

Owen County would get the ball back with 7:48 remaining in the game and still a chance to take the lead.

With Cody McDaniel now taking the snaps, the Rebels picked up three first downs on the drive compliments of Bourbon County penalties.

Owen County did convert on a big fourth down play when Hazlett rotated back into the game as quarterback connected with Chris Day across the middle for a gain down to the 18-yard line.

The ball would eventually reach the 7-yard line, setting up another first and goal with 3:10 to play.

The Rebels could convert and were actually backed up on third down by a false-start penalty.

On the fourth and goal from the 11-yard line, the Rebels had one final chance. It was not to be as Hazlett’s pass to Day in the end zone was batted down sealing Owen County’s fate.

The Colonels kneeled down a couple of times to secure their first win of 2010 and hand the Rebels their second loss.

After the game, Fowler told his players to stay positive and continue to work hard. It reminded them that next week will be another tough opponent and they can’t afford not to be ready.

With the team failing to score on three separate first-and-goal chances, Fowler said the team must focus on completing drives.

 “We have to finish,” Fowler said.

The Rebels will now regroup and prepare for a trip to East Jessamine. It will be Owen County’s final game before beginning district action the following week.

“They’re a good football team,” Fowler said.

Fowler said the Jaguars run a similar offense to DeSales whom the Rebels will face next Friday night in Owenton.

Kickoff on Friday night is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Nicholasville.