Gridiron Dutchmen fall in defensive dog fight

Will Johnson
Sports Editor

ST. JAMES — In a similar set of circumstances from last fall, Dale Long’s Owensville Dutchmen football went into the MSHSAA Class 3, District 5 gridiron opener Friday night with St. James’ Tigers looking to avenge a regular-season loss to their Four Rivers Conference (FRC) foes.

Playing to a scoreless tie after one half of football, both teams spent the majority of the first 24 minutes of football between the 30-yard lines.

On the last play of the third quarter, St. James broke the tie on a long touchdown run to go into the final minutes with an 8-0 lead.

In spite of a quick answer on a Seth Scheidegger touchdown from six yards away, Owensville saw their 2018 season end at 2-8 following a 14-6 loss to the host Tigers.

“We played hard tonight, we just came up a little short in a game where we gave ourselves multiple opportunities to win,” Long said.

Unable to cash in a couple of turnovers for points throughout the night, OHS saw St. James score their final touchdown with 3:33 remaining helping them advance to the district semifinals against Buffalo Friday night at 7 p.m., on the road in Bolivar at Southwest Baptist University (SBU) due to construction on Buffalo High School’s track.

Without quarterback Trevor Abernathy due to a separated shoulder, the Dutchmen went to a two-quarterback offense with freshman Brendan Decker and sophomore TC Fisher.

Bryor Bogle caught three passes for 27 yards to lead all Owensville receivers. Garret West also caught two passes for five yards while Lucas Edwards had one catch for four yards.

On the ground, Scheidegger led the Dutchmen running game with 64 yards rushing on 15 carries and a touchdown.

West added 33 yards rushing on eight carries while Fisher added 17 yards on the ground.

Brad Long’s final game in an Owensville football uniform saw him lead the defense in tackles with a total of 12 including eight solo stops.

Dallas Heckelmann, Sebastian Dixon, Derek Brandt and Bogle each recorded eight total tackles.

Cason Gray recovered a pair of fumbles with Cody Linders and Dixon each forcing one of them.

At some point in the upcoming month of November, head football coaches from Owensville, Hermann, Sullivan, St. James, Union, St. Clair and Pacific will meet and vote on the All-FRC football teams on offense, defense and special teams.