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Rebels roll over rival

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Owen beats Gallatin 45-23

By Brian Blair

It took them a few minutes to get it together, but when they did they dominated.

By the time the Rebels closed out their 45-23 win over Gallatin County Friday night, Owen County had totaled 363 yards of total offense. Joey Wood rushed 12 times for 124 yards and two scores, and Adam Hazlett completed three of five passes for 74 yards and two touchdowns. As a team, the Rebels rushed for 266 yards and passed for 97 yards.

“It feels good to be 2-0,” said head coach Adam Fowler, who didn’t know when the Rebels last opened with two straight wins.

The Rebels came out in the first quarter a little sluggish and did not get on the board until Wood found the end zone. The senior adde the second of his two touchdowns in the second quarter to give his team a 12-0 lead. Owen County rolled from there.

The Rebels got a score from Steven Klette on a 16-yard touchdown run, and Hazlett found Chris Day for a 25-yard pass and catch touchdown.

The Rebels led 32-0 until late in the third quarter when Gallatin County finally got on the board, cutting the Owen County lead to 32-8. The Rebels answered back when, after recovering a fumble on a punt, Hazlett connected with Daniel Cummins on a 26-yard touchdown strike, which pushed the lead back to 39-8.

After the game, Hazlett said he was happy for getting the chance to prove what he could do and was excited that the coaches gave him that opportunity.

“It’s pretty incredible,” the sophomore said.

The Wildcats scored twice more on the Rebels’ second-string defense to make the score 39-23 with 2:44 left in the game.

It was as close as the visitors would get. As it turned out, the Rebels tacked on another six points when Daniel Cummins scooped up a Wildcat fumble and scampered into the end zone for his second score of the night, giving Owen County its final margin of victory, 45-23.

After the game, Fowler told his players to enjoy the win but to be ready to come to practice this week and be ready to work as they prepare for Henry County.

“They will be our toughest test so far,” said Fowler referring to the Wildcats who will come to Owenton fresh off a 44-6 thumping of Trimble County. Henry County is 2-1 this season.

Fowler said that although he and the team know it will be a tough test Friday night, “I expect us to come out and play well.”

Joey Wood admitted after the game that even though being 2-0 for the first time in recent memory is a great feeling, “We are still not at the level we need to be.”

Kick-off Friday night is at 7:30 at Patterson Field.