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Owen County crushes Ludlow 48-14 as playoffs loom

By Brian Blair

By Brian Blair
N-H Sports Reporter
Despite having already clinched home-field advantage in the first round of the Class 2A State Playoffs, the Owen County High School Rebels still had a lot to play for in their final regular-season game on Friday night.
The Rebels traveled to Ludlow and looked to finish the regular season with a victory to give them a winning record for the second year in a row.
They were also looking to gain momentum as they head into the playoffs.
They did both.
Owen County defeated the Panthers 48-14 to push their record to 6-4 and get them ready for a first-round playoff game against the defending Class 2A state champions. The win was the fourth straight for Owen County.
The Rebels were not bothered by the rain as quarterback Adam Hazlett tossed four touchdowns for the fourth-straight week. Three of those passes went to Collin Trammel and the other was to James Stone.
The senior Trammel not only caught passes, he also scored a pair of touchdowns on the ground to give him five for the game and 18 for the year.
The four touchdown passes for Hazlett gave him 28 for the season.
The Rebels’ defense came up big as well when Zac Widener scooped up a fumble and returned it for a touchdown. The defense has now scored a touchdown in three of the last four games.
Owen County High School Head Football Coach Adam Fowler said he is pleased with how the team has played over the last four weeks.
“We are playing our best football of the year at the right time,” Fowler said.
The win means Owen County finishes the regular season with a  5-1 record on the road.
Fowler said he is just as curious as anyone as to why his team was so good away from Patterson Field.
“I wish I could understand how we were so much better on the road,” Fowler said.
The Rebels finished just 1-3 at home.
Owen County will be on the home turf Friday night when they play in the first round of the Class 2A state playoffs. The opponent will be a familiar one as Covington Holy Cross makes a return trip to Owenton.
The last time the Indians were in town was last year for a second round playoff game. Holy Cross scored on its first play of the game and never looked back as they rolled the Rebels 45-0. They were not finished winning as they would eventually win the Class 2A state championship.
Holy Cross has not enjoyed the same success this year as they finished the regular season 3-7.
After winning their first game of 2012, Holy Cross dropped its next five before closing out the year by winning two of their final four contests. They fell 50-0 last week to Holmes.
Fowler said he knows for his team to get the big win they need to be ready to play even before the opening kickoff and isn’t worried about them getting over hyped.
“Our kids play better when they are fired up,”  Fowler said. “We have to come out of the locker room that way.”
With such a big game being played at home on Friday night, Fowler is hoping for a lot of people in the stands wearing maroon and white.
“We need a big crowd on Friday night,” Fowler said.
The coach said the night is the end result of much hard work put in by a special bunch of kids.
“These seniors have given us four great years,” the coach said. “They have played a massive role in our program being 17-5 over the last two years. They deserve a large crowd.”
Kickoff at Patterson Field is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.