County gridiron bragging rights

Will Johnson
Sports Editor

HERMANN — Putting 21 points on the board in the first quarter, Dale Long’s Owensville Dutchmen football team had all the offense they would need in the first 12 minutes from Bearcat Memorial Stadium in Hermann.

Behind three touchdown receptions and three interceptions by senior Sean Irwin, OHS won their fourth straight game over the host Bearcats by a score of 42-12.

“It’s good to have the (Gasconade County Bowl) trophy coming back home for another year,” Long said. “Hermann came out and played hard. We were able to do the simple things correctly this week.”

Starting the game with the football after Hermann won the coin toss and deferred to the second half, Owensville wasted no time breaking the scoreless tie.

Seven plays and 75 yards later, Dutchmen senior quarterback Wyatt Ellis connected with Irwin for a 43-yard touchdown pass on third-and-nine at the 9:15 mark of the opening quarter. River West-Derby’s extra point gave OHS an early 7-0 lead on the road.

Three plays into their opening drive, Hermann saw Irwin do his thing on the defensive side of the ball.

Intercepting a Chase McKague pass, Irwin gave the Dutchmen excellent field position on the Bearcat 24-yard line.

Following a 20-yard run by Tanner Rector, Ellis and Irwin connected again on a four-yard TD pass at the 7:23 mark of the first period. West-Derby’s kick doubled the Dutchmen lead to 14-0.

Forcing a three-and-out on Hermann’s next possession, Owensville took over back on offense at their own 25-yard line.

Sparked by runs of 12 and 14 yards from Rector, Ellis and Irwin found each other for the third time in the opening quarter on a 14-yard TD strike with 3:20 for the first quarter.

West-Derby’s third extra point of the opening 12 minutes pushed the Dutchmen lead to 21-0 late in the first quarter.

In the closing seconds of the first quarter, Irwin caught a pass and was hit by a pair of Bearcats causing a fumble and a turnover.

Hermann cashed it in on the opening play of the second quarter via a 66-yard touchdown run from running back Trent Oberg.

After a bad snap on the extra point, Owensville still had a 21-6 lead over the host Bearcats with 11:49 until halftime.

After both teams ran four plays on offense, the Dutchmen were able to answer Hermann’s score to open the second quarter.

Taking over at the Hermann 49 with 8:10 for the half, a Rector eight-yard run led to an Ellis 41-yard TD run near the midway point of the second quarter. West-Derby’s latest kick bumped OHS’ lead to 28-6 at the 7:40 mark of the first half.

Seeing the Bearcats drive into Owensville territory on their next possession, the Dutchmen defense forced a turnover on downs at the OHS 25-yard line with 3:43 left in the first half.

Capping their third scoring drive of 75 yards, Ellis the end zone once again on a 3-yard TD run with :01 left in the half. West-Derby’s kick left the Dutchmen with a 35-6 halftime lead.

Opening the second half, Long’s defense made Hermann’s first offensive drive a nightmare.

Irwin struck again with his second interception of the night at the 10:12 mark of the third quarter setting OHS up on the 20-yard line.

Seven consecutive running plays by Ellis, Rector, Grant Steever and Colton Moore helped the Dutchmen drive all the way to the Hermann 12-yard line.

Able to overcome a holding penalty, Rector found the end zone from 16 yards away on third-and-four near the midway point of the third quarter. West-Derby’s seventh kick of the night gave OHS a 42-6 lead and started the running clock via the 35-point mercy rule.

Two plays after a Camren McQueen sack, Irwin picked off his third pass of the game giving the Owensville offense the ball at their 16-yard line near the end of the third quarter.

A 3-yard TD run by Hermann’s Trent Gleeson stopped the running clock with 5:22 left in Owensville’s 42-12 win over the Bearcats.

Official game statistics were not available by press time.

After four straight road games, OHS will host Pacific (4-1) Friday night at Dutchmen Field looking to continue their quest for back-to-back FRC titles at 7 p.m.