Wolverines ruin Rebels opener

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Western Hills knocks off Owen County by 50 points

By Brian Blair

The only thing that could slow down Western Hills High School on Friday night at Patterson Field was lightning.
After waiting out a 43-minute lightning delay late in the first quarter, Western Hills rolled to 43 first-half lead on its way to a 63-13 win over Owen County High School.
The visitors from Frankfort looked good right from the start on Friday night. The Wolverines took the opening kickoff, marched down the field, ate up six minutes off the clock and put six points on the board when Cody Williams hit Daniel Childress for a 31-yard touchdown pass. The play came on 4th and 21. The extra point made the score 7-0.
The Rebels failed to move the ball on their opening drive.
Western Hills wasted no time in finding the end zone. WHHS’s Keegan Newton scored from 12-yards out to push the lead to 14-0.
The Wolverines would tack on 6 more points with 1:08 left in the first quarter when DeArmon Green scampered 49 yards for the score to give Western Hills a 20-0 advantage. That is when the officials noticed lightning in the area and sent the players off the field and the fans from the stands. After the delay, the teams returned to the field, warmed up again and resumed play.
Following the delay, the Rebels momentarily gained the momentum when Tanner Smith connected with  Brady Young across the middle for a 57-yard touchdown with 9:41 to play in the second quarter to make the score 20-6.
It would not last long as Western Hills scored 23 more points over the rest of the quarter to take a 43-6 lead into halftime.
The Wolverines continued to dominate in the second half.
Owen County’s J.J. Smith would score late in the fourth quarter but it would not be enough as the Rebels fell 63-13.
Owen County will look to right the ship on Friday night in Dry Ridge as they take on Grant County High School. Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The Braves hosted Middlesboro High School on Saturday night. The game was tied at 7-7 when it was called by lightning.
In games involving other district teams last week, Walton-Verona shutout Bellevue 40-0, Carroll County High School got past Pendleton County 47-34 and Ludlow edged Gallatin County 29-28 in Warsaw. Trimble County was leading 12-0 over Jackson County when the game was suspended due to lightning.