8th grade Dutchmen claim FRYFL Title

Will Johnson

For the second time in as many years, Owensville and Sullivan met Thursday night with the Four Rivers Youth Football League (FRYFL) championship on the line.

Last year as seventh graders, the junior Eagles handed the Dutchmen their only loss in the last three seasons.

Thursday night at Dutchmen Field, Owensville took advantage of a pair of bad first-quarter Sullivan snaps before going on to a 36-8 victory finishing their four years of FRYFL football with a 35-1 record.

Benefiting from a high snap on Sullivan’s first punt attempt of the game, Owensville found themselves with a first-and-goal at the Eagle eight.

Two plays later, Austin Lowder found the end zone from four yards out giving the Dutchmen a quick 6-0 lead at the 7:02 mark of the first quarter.

Another bad snap recovered by Derek Brandt set Owensville up again with a short field this time at Sullivan’s 20-yard line.

Needing just three plays to cash in Sullivan’s latest miscue, Lowder found the end zone again this time from 10 yards out. At the 5:11 mark of the opening quarter, the Dutchmen led 12-0 after the missed extra point.

Leading 12-0 after one quarter, Owensville overcame a turnover on downs before adding to their lead.

In just two plays, Lowder capped a 65-yard drive with a 61-yard TD run for his third of the game. Decker’s extra point pushed the Dutchmen lead to 20-0 with 3:40 until halftime.

A Michael Steinbeck sack on fourth down set up the Owensville offense with yet another short field at Sullivan’s 45-yard line.

Unable to score on that drive, the Dutchmen defense used a Brent Helmig sack and a Brandt interception late in the half to preserve their first-half shutout leading 20-0.

After an 11-yard pass play from Decker to Lowder, Lowder finished the drive on the ground with his fourth rushing touchdown from 47 yards away. Decker’s kick extended the Owensville lead to 28-0 with 8:24 for the third quarter.

Brandt recovered the ensuing kickoff allowing the Dutchmen offense to stay on the field.

Five plays later, Decker hooked up with Bryce Payne on an 11-yard TD strike with 7:50 for the third quarter. Decker’s kick started the running clock with Owensville leading 36-0 early in the third.

Payne added an interception later in the third quarter to his touchdown catch as part of the 36-8 victory for the Dutchmen over the visiting Eagles.

Over the last four years, this football team finished 35-1.