Comeback gives Cabot first gridiron win

Will Johnson
Sports Editor

ELDON — Ron Wene, Jack Blount, Jerry Buescher, Gene Hay, Kevin Baldwin and Randy Crowe.

Following Friday night’s 36-30 road victory over Eldon’s Mustangs, Dutchmen first-year head football Nathan Cabot added his name to the above list.

Seeing sophomore quarterback Brendan Decker score the game-winning touchdown with 6.8 ticks remaining, Cabot became the seventh Owensville head football coach to earn his first win on the road.

“It feels great to get that first win and I know the kids were really proud of it tonight,” Cabot said. 

Winning the opening coin toss, OHS chose to receive the opening kickoff.

Traveling 62 yards on nine plays in 3:15, Decker hooked up with senior tight end Cody Linders on a 9-yard touchdown pass. Also hooking up for the two-point conversion, Decker and Linders gave Owensville an early 8-0 lead with 8:45 for the first quarter.

Just over five minutes later, Eldon answered with a Kaden Dillon 5-yard TD run at the 3:08 mark of the first quarter, his two-point run tied the game at 8-8.

Ending the opening 12 minutes tied at 8-8, Decker used his legs to get the lead back for the Dutchmen.

Two plays after the defense forced a turnover-on-downs, Decker found open field on a 70-yard TD run with 9:56 until halftime. OHS led 14-8 after the failed two-point conversion attempt.

Nearing the end of the half, Dillon answered Decker with a 1-yard TD run. Dillon’s two-point run with 2:43 until halftime left the Dutchmen trailing Eldon 16-14.

Down 16-14 at halftime, Owensville scored on an Austin Lowder 61-yard TD run at the 2:03 mark of the third quarter. Decker’s pass to Linders for two points left OHS trailing the Mustangs 24-22.

Overcoming a myriad of yellow penalty flags, the Dutchmen defense forced Eldon into a punting situation with 7:55 left in the game still down 24-22.

Just over a minute later, Lowder scored his second rushing touchdown of the game from 20 yards away. Another Decker pass to Linders for two points put OHS back in front 30-24 with 6:44 left.

Relying heavily on the running game, Eldon quarterback Dallas Hardy kept it for a 3-yard TD run tying the game at 30-30 with 55.4 ticks left in regulation.

After the failed two-point conversion, Trevor Abernathy fair caught the ensuing kickoff giving the Dutchmen the ball at the 40.

Following their second time out with 11.9 left, Owensville kept doing what was working all night.

Decker ran a speed option to the right for a 14-yard TD run which turned out to be the game winner.