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Sports are a funny thing. One week you can feel the highs of winning only to feel the lows of losing the next. Following the victory of the first game, Friday night produced more lows than highs for Adam Fowler and the rest of the Owen County football team as the Rebels dropped a 27-6 decision to Gallatin County at Patterson Field.
On a damp night in Owenton, the Wildcats took the opening kickoff and methodically marched down the field. Damien Mains did much of the damage on the ground and would eventually punch the ball into the end zone to give the Wildcats the early lead. The Rebels blocked the extra point but still found themselves in a 6-0 hole before they touched the ball.
The Rebels were unable to do anything on offense during their first drive. It was a trend that continued much of the night.
On Gallatin County’s next possession, the Wildcats drove inside the 5-yard line and appeared to be ready to score again when the Rebels’ defense held on a fourth and goal to give the offense the ball back.
Again, the Rebels would punt setting up the Wildcats with good field position. Only needing to travel 38 yards to score, again it would be Mains doing the damage. Mains scored from 15 yards out and after a successful two-point conversion, the Wildcats had a 14-0 lead with 5:46 left in the first half.
On the next Rebels’ possession it appeared the Rebels made the play that would get them going. Jordan Cox scrambled to the left and found Zach McDonald for a 58-yard pass play to set up the Rebels on the Gallatin County 15-yard line. The Rebels had to settle for a field goal attempt. Justin Davis was good from 28-yards out and Owen County had cut the lead to 14-3 with 2:08 remaining until halftime.
The Rebels then forced Gallatin County to punt on their next drive to get the ball back with less than a minute remaining in the half. Owen County was unable to put anything together and was forced to punt, giving the ball back to Gallatin County with less than a second left in the half. It was all the Wildcats would need. Quarterback, Jesse Florence hooked up with Shaughn Williamson for a touchdown pass as the horn sounded, giving the Wildcats a 20-3 halftime lead.
The third quarter saw neither team do much with the football. In fact, it was the Gallatin County defense that made the big play. Chris Rivera recovered a fumble setting up the Rebels on another scoring drive.
A Cox pass to Tyler Williams set up the Rebels inside the 20-yard line. Owen County then got some help from the Gallatin County defense. Facing a fourth and four, the Wildcats defense came across the line early giving the Rebels a first and goal at the 7-yard line. Owen County could not punch the ball into the end zone but Davis again made good on a 25-yard field goal attempt to cut the deficit to 20-6 with 11:44 to play in the game.
The Rebels tried an onside kick following the field goal but were unable to come up with the ball. The Rebels’ defense then did their job stopping the Wildcats and giving the offense another chance.
Again, Owen County was unable to take advantage and was forced to punt giving the ball back to Gallatin County with 5:41 to play in the game. The Wildcats were able to control the clock and eventually scored when Williamson scampered in from 18-yards out to set up the final margin at 27-6.
Following the game, head coach Adam Fowler challenged his team to pick up their intensity and be ready to go next week against a good Henry County football team.
The Wildcats will come into Owen County having won their first two games. Henry County has yet to give up any points this season. They shutout Ludlow 40-0 in week one and followed up one shutout with another as they beat Trimble County 56-0 on Friday night.
In other district action on Friday night, Carroll County fell to 1-1 on the season as they lost 26-21 to Ludlow. Christian Academy-Louisville lost their first game of the season as they dropped a 50-26 contest against Lexington Christian. De Sales won their first game of the year as they defeated Bullitt East 14-0.