This time, the hits are for real.
The Owen County Rebels have spent the last two weekends playing scrimmages against Walton-Verona and Pendleton County.
On Saturday night in Dry Ridge, the game and the final score will count.
For the second straight season, the Rebels open the season against Grant County on the road. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.
Last season, the Braves scored a touchdown in the closing minutes to win the game and send the Rebels home with a bad taste in their mouth. Owen County is hoping for a better outcome this time around.