Five All-FRC gridiron Dutchmen

Will Johnson
Sports Editor

In spite of a 2-8 finish to the 2018 football season, Dale Long’s Owensville Dutchmen squad had five players earn recognition following All-Four Rivers Conference (FRC) voting by coaches from Union, Sullivan, St. James, St. Clair, Pacific and Hermann.

Leading Owensville’s All-FRC contingency was a pair of lineman.

On the offensive side of the ball, senior Jarett Payne collected All-FRC 1st Team honors for the second time in as many years.

He anchored an offensive line that helped the Dutchmen offense throw for 970 yards and rush for 1,386 more.

Payne also saw action on the defensive line during all 10 of OHS’ games.

He registered a season-high seven total tackles on two occasions during their week three win at home over Cuba and their week-six loss at Pacific. In those same two games, Payne also had two tackles-for-loss.

He also recorded two sacks and a key fumble recovery that sealed the deal on Owensville’s 34-29 Gasconade County Bowl victory over Hermann.

Kayne ‘The Big Orange Machine’ Elms also earned All-FRC First-Team honors on the defensive line for the Dutchmen.

Playing nose guard, Elms recorded 58 total tackles on the season with 44 of them being solo.

His best game numbers wise came in the regular-season showdown with St. James when he recorded 12 total tackles and four tackles-for-loss.

Of his four sacks on the season, he racked up a season-best 1.5 during homecoming action against Union.

Also recovering a pair of fumbles, one of those turned out to be returned nine yards for the ultimate game-winning touchdown in Owensville’s 38-34 win over Cuba.

Catching a team-high 29 passes for 450 yards, Dutchmen junior Cason Gray earned All-FRC Second Team honors at wide receiver.

Catching at least one pass in all but one game, Gray’s best performance came in week nine on the road against St. Clair.

Catching six balls for 128 yards, two of those went for touchdowns with his longest catch going for 65 yards.

On defense, Gray was equally up to the task racking up 13 of his 48 total tackles during Owensville’s week-two loss to Eldon.

Having a nose for the football on nearly every play proved very beneficial for senior linebacker Brad Long.

Leading the team with 88 total tackles (59 solo), Long registered double-digit tackles in five of the 10 games he suited up for during his senior season.

His season high came against Hermann posting 17 total tackles. He also recorded 14 stops against Potosi in the season opener and 12 in the opening round of districts against St. James.

Posting 10 tackles against Eldon and Sullivan, Long also had four of his 11.5 tackles-for-loss against the Eagles.

Making an early statement as a freshman, Dutchmen safety Derek Brandt led the team with five interceptions earning him All-FRC Second Team honors at defensive back in the process.

Recording 44 total tackles, Brandt’s season high came against St. Clair in the regular-season finale cooking up a baker’s dozen (13).

Of his team-leading five interceptions, Brandt had two picks against Hermann’s Bearcats in week five and two more in homecoming action facing Union’s Wildcats in week seven.