Dustin Faragher to howl on KWU gridiron

Will Johnson

Causing nightmares for offensive and defensive coordinators alike, Dustin Faragher will trade his Owensville Dutchmen orange and black for Kansas Wesleyan University (KWU) purple and gold this fall.

One would never know from week to week whether Faragher would score a touchdown on offense, defense or both.

“Dustin (Faragher) was one of those athletes that could score or make a play on either side of the ball,” Dutchmen head football coach and activities director Dale Long said. “His talent will be tough to replace next fall and I wish him the best of luck at Kansas Wesleyan.”

Playing in a total of 40 games for the Dutchmen on the gridiron, Dustin amassed 1,701 yards receiving and 906 yards rushing.

Throw in 479 career kick return yards, 346 punt return yards and 134 yards in interception returns, Faragher racked up 3,566 all-purpose yards during his Owensville High School football career.

Equally as dangerous on the defensive side on the ball in the secondary, Dustin put up solid numbers disrupting numerous opposing offenses.

In three years and 35 games, Faragher racked up 213 total tackles with 155 of them being of the solo variety.

He also put up 18 tackles-for-loss, seven sacks, seven interceptions, four fumble recoveries, six forced fumbles, a blocked punt and two blocked field-goal attempts.

Even though Dustin only reached triple digits once through the air as a senior, he helped the Dutchmen football team win a share of the Four Rivers Conference (FRC) title with St. James.

Rushing for 241 yards on 25 carries as a senior, Faragher’s season-high came in week three.

Running for 96 yards on five carries against Cuba, Dustin helped OHS remain unblemished all time against the Wildcats.

Amassing 607 receiving yards, Faragher’s season-high of 121 yards on 10 catches came in Owensville’s 35-34 district semifinal victory on the road at St. James.

Totaling 89 tackles his senior season, Faragher’s best game was against Logan-Rogersville in the first round of districts when he recorded 12 total tackles.

He also picked off a season-high three passes in their 49-12 late-September win at Union.

Doing the most damage scoring as a senior, Dustin had a touchdown on the ground and through the air as part of their 61-20 win over Cuba.

Helping OHS to their first perfect regular season as a junior, Faragher caught a career-high 33 catches for 629 yards and eight touchdowns.

Scoring 18 total touchdowns through the air and on the ground, Dustin accounted for three during their 41-0 shutout of St. James that actually finished Saturday, Sept. 10 due to lightning stopping the game the night before.

His best game arguably came in the district championship as a junior against Eldon’s Mustangs.

Piling up 163 receiving yards on just four catches, his longest reception went for 87 yards.

Recording 72 total tackles as a junior, Faragher posted a career-high 13 stops in Owensville’s wild 45-44 homecoming and Gasconade County Bowl victory over Hermann.

Posting all seven of his career sacks as a junior, nearly half of them came in one game.

Opening the season on the road at Potosi, Dustin recorded three of Owensville’s six sacks against the Trojans.

On special teams, arguably his most memorable play was a 77-yard punt return for a touchdown against Sullivan in the district semifinals when the Eagles failed to touch the ball dead.