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On a night perfect for football, the Owen County Rebels took on the Gallatin County Wildcats.
The Rebels were looking for their first win of the season and first over the Wildcats since 2006. Despite some sickness that had spread around the locker room during the week, Owen County picked up the 13-7 win.
All the scoring came in the first quarter and the Rebels then held fort the rest of the night.
The Wildcats scored on their first offensive possession to take a 7-0 lead.
The Rebels answered with a 19-yard rushing touchdown by Jared Johnson and a 35-yard touchdown pass from Luis Sanchez to Justin Stephens to give Owen County the lead.
Overall, the Rebels dominated the action. The offense racked up over 300-yards rushing while the defense dominated the game after allowing the opening touchdown. Sawyer Williams had four sacks in the game while Daniel Dauwe’s interception late in the game sealed the win for the Rebels.
Not only did the offense and defense play well, the team also did a better job of holding on to the ball Friday night. Owen County only turned the ball over twice against Gallatin County.
The win improved Owen County to 1-1 on the season. It is the sixth-straight year Owen County has opened the season with a win and a loss.
As far as how Owen County Head Football Coach Adam Fowler feels about this year’s 1-1 start, “We’re a lot better than last year.”
Off the field on Friday, Dillon Mears had successful surgery to repair an injury he sustained earlier this season.
Fowler said Mears was recovering nicely.
The Rebels will be back in action on Friday night as they travel to New Castle to take on Henry County. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.