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The Bellevue Tigers’ offense seemed like they ran the same play all night and the Owen County defense could not stop it.
The Tigers came to Owenton Friday and for much of the night they ran the ‘trap’ play with running back Dylan Huff. The junior was able to find the hole and run through it to help his Bellevue team return home with a 22-14 win over Owen County.
The loss drops the Rebels to 2-3 on the season as they get ready to open up play in District 5 on Friday night against Walton-Verona.
The evening began well enough for Owen County. After appearing to go three-and-out on their opening drive, the Rebels were given a second chance following a roughing the kicker call against the Tigers.
Owen County took advantage as they marched down the field to cap off the drive with a 17-yard touchdown run by Paul Banks. Nathan Rivera’s extra point was good to give the Rebels a 7-0 lead halfway through the first quarter.
Owen County maintained the lead until late in the first half.
After a poor punt by the Rebels, the Tigers took over on the Owen County 14-yard line.
With 1:21 left in the first half, Huff found the end zone for Bellevue as he rushed 12 yards for the score. The Tigers converted the 2-point conversion to take an 8-7 lead into halftime.
Bellevue appeared to take the lead early in the third quarter when Huff raced in for a score only to have it called back for a penalty.
Faced with a fourth and one on the five-yard line, the Tigers converted and two plays later Huff found the end zone again and this time it counted. Another 2-point conversion made the score 16-7.
Owen County appeared to have some momentum late in the third quarter when Adam Hazlett’s pass was intercepted at the Bellevue 15-yard line.
The Tigers were unable to take advantage and gave the ball back to the Rebels early in the fourth quarter.
An inspired Rebels team drove down the field and scored when Hazlett threw an eight-yard touchdown pass to Chris Day who made an outstanding catch in the front corner of the end zone. Rivera’s PAT made the score 16-14 with just over eight minutes left in the game.
The Rebels would immediately get the ball back.
On the ensuing kickoff, Bellevue fumbled the ball and Owen County’s Austin Klette came out from the bottom of the pile with the ball. The Rebels started off with good field position at the 35-yard line.
There would be no magical finish on this night as Owen County turned the ball over on downs with 5:43 left to play.
Bellevue capped off the night when Huff scored his third touchdown on the night with 1:25 left to make the final margin 22-14.
The win improved the Tigers to 3-3 on the season. It was the second week in a row Bellevue had defeated a team from District 5. They knocked off Carroll County the week before coming to Owenton.
The Rebels will now have to regroup as they enter District 5 play this week.
After playing Walton-Verona this week, the Rebels will then hit the road for games at Trimble County and Carroll County before coming home to host Gallatin County.
The Bearcats will be coming to town looking for revenge after the Rebels went to Walton-Verona last season and won 27-6.
For Walton-Verona, it was their only loss in District 5 play last season.
Friday night is homecoming in Owenton with kickoff at 7:30 p.m.