Rebels spoil one homecoming and prepare for another

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By Brian Blair

Friday night was a good example of how things generally happen in threes. To prove the point, here are three examples.

The first quarter saw the Owen County Rebels have three possessions. They ended in a punt, a fumble and a turnover on downs.

In contrast, the second quarter saw the Rebels score three touchdowns.

In the end, the team headed back home with win number three.

Owen County traveled to Bedford Friday to take on Trimble County on Trimble County High School‘s Homecoming.

The Raiders went into the game with a 0-4 record and having scored just 24 points on the season.

Following a sluggish start, the Rebels put things together to take control of the contest.

Trimble County scored first on a touchdown run by Zach Adair. The senior also hauled in the 2-point conversion to give the home team an 8-0 lead late in the first quarter.

The lead and the momentum did not last long, for during the next two quarters the Rebels ran off 30 points to go in front 30-8.

Owen County’s Collin Trammell put the Rebels on the board early in the second quarter.

Following a fumble recovery on the Raiders’ 13-yard line, Trammel wasted no time scoring on the next play.

The Rebels’ Adam Hazlett connected with Sawyer Williams for the 2-point conversion and the game was tied with 9:58 left in the half.

The Rebels got another turnover late in the second when Chris Day intercepted a pass deep in his own territory and returned it to the 26-yard line.

From there, the Rebels needed just three plays to cash the Trimble County mistake into points.

Paul Banks ripped off a 43-yard run followed by a Trammell 20-yard scamper that took the ball to the 13-yard line.

Banks took it in for his first touchdown as a Rebel.

Trammell converted on the 2-point conversion and Owen County had a 16-8 lead.

The Raiders again turned the ball over as Daniel Cummins recovered a fumble at the 36-yard line of Trimble County with less than two minutes left in the half.

This time, the Rebels scored via the air as Hazlett hooked up with Day on a 24-yard TD pass. The 2-point conversion was delivered by Cody McDaniel and the Rebels took a 24-8 lead into halftime.

The second half was more of the same until Owen County extended its lead to 30-8 when Trammell returned a punt 54 yards for the score.

The Raiders had a chance to draw closer when on their next drive they had a first and goal but couldn’t score on back-to-back plays from the 2-yard line.

The Rebels, after making the goal-line stand, turned the ball over setting up a short touchdown pass from Luke Sands to Stuart Barnes. The 2-point conversion was successful and cut the Owen County lead to 30-16.

The Rebels put the game away early in the fourth quarter after a strong catch near the goal line by McDaniel. The senior scored from 1-yard out two plays later to extend the advantage to 36-16.

Trimble County tacked on a score late to make the final margin of victory 36-22.

The win gives the Rebels a 3-1 record for the season.

Despite the win, the Rebels coaching staff was disappointed with the way the team began the game.

Owen County Head Football Coach Adam Fowler said the team needs to find a way to get itself motivated before kickoff and not wait until the second quarter to start playing.

Fowler said this is especially true this coming Friday night when the Rebels welcome Bourbon County for homecoming.

Fowler said his team shouldn’t overlook the Colonels despite their 0-5 record.

 “It’s our homecoming and we have to come out fired up,” Fowler said.

Kickoff  Friday night is set for 7:30 p.m. at Patterson Field.