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Although they were still looking for their first win of the season, the Owen County High School Rebels have been improving from week to week.
Finally after Friday night’s home game, the scoreboard agreed.
Owen County picked up its first win of the season Friday by knocking off Thomas Nelson High School, 45-0. It was the first shutout posted by the Rebels since 2011 when they knocked off Gallatin County High School, 33-0.
Owen County High School Head Football Coach Adam Fowler said he hopes the win will give the team a shot in the arm going forward.
“The win does a lot,” Fowler said. “They know now what winning feels like again.”
On a night when both teams battled the elements as much as each other, the two traded turnovers on each of the opening drives.
Following the Generals’ mistake deep in their own territory, Owen County senior Nash Croley connected on a 33-yard field goal to put Owen County out in front 3-0.
It was the second week around Owen County had scored first.
The Rebels scored their first touchdown of the night early in the second quarter when Owen County junior running back Michael Wash scored from 8-yards out.
Croley added the extra point to put the Rebels on top, 10-0.
It quickly became 17-0 less than three minutes later when junior wide receiver Brady Young rushed for a 9-yard score and Croley converted another extra point.
The defense got in on the act in the final two minutes of the first half when senior cornerback Logan Webster picked off a pass and returned it 70 yards for a score to extend the lead to 24-0 to close out the first half.
The Rebels’ fireworks weren’t going to be limited to the first half.
As the game entered into the second half, junior quarterback Tanner Smith tossed a 52-yard touchdown pass to Young to push the score to 31-0.
Sophomore Daniel Partin added a 38-yard touchdown to end the third quarter and OCHS senior Wesley Grugin closed out the scoring when he took the hand off and raced 95 yards for a touchdown in the closing minutes of the game.
After scoring 40 points or more six times last season, the 45 points on Friday night was more than the team had scored in the first four games combined. Heading into last week’s game, the Rebels had only scored 30 points all season.
Owen County will look to keep things going on Friday night as they travel to take on Bellevue High School.
The Tigers are 2-3 on the season after they knocked off Carroll County High School last week 48-6 at home.
For the Tigers, the offense has not been a problem so far this season.
In their two wins this season, the Tigers have scored 38 and 48 points. They put 50 points on the board two weeks ago but lost when the allowed 62 points to Fairview High School.
Fowler knows the competition will be tough.
“We are playing a good team this Friday,” the coach said.
Game time on Friday is scheduled for 7 p.m.
In other games Friday night involving district high-school teams, Lloyd defeated Gallatin County 28-0 and Bethlehem shutout Trimble County, 60-0. Walton-Verona defeated Grant County 41-20.