Gridiron Dutchmen see early lead disappear at St. Clair

Will Johnson
Sports Editor

Striking first Friday night on an early 30-yard touchdown pass from Trevor Abernathy to Cason Gray, Dale Long’s Owensville Dutchmen had an early 7-0 lead on the road against St. Clair’s Bulldogs.

That lead was short lived as St. Clair scored the next 49 points before going on to a 49-15 victory over the visitors from OHS.

During the opening 12 minutes, St. Clair put 21 points on the board after the Dutchmen scored first.

Leading 21-7 going into the second quarter, the host Bulldogs added two more touchdowns to go into halftime with a 35-7 lead.

Surrendering two more touchdowns in the third quarter, Owensville went into the fourth period trailing St. Clair 49-7.

Early in the final quarter of regular season football for both teams, the Dutchmen were able to stop the running clock on a 65-yard touchdown pass from Brendan Decker to Gray.

Hooking up on the two-point conversion pass, the same duo helped Owensville cut the deficit under 35 points to keep St. Clair from enjoying a running clock the rest of the fourth quarter.

Derek Brandt led the Dutchmen defense with 13 total tackles (eight solo) while Kayne Elms also reached double digits in total tackles with 10. The big orange machine also had a sack and a tackle for loss for Owensville.

Brad Long and Garret West both recorded half-a-sack while Seth Scheidegger forced a fumble.

On offense, Trevor Abernathy rushed for a team-high 48 yards on six carries before leaving the game in the first quarter re-aggravating his shoulder injury he sustained during the Pacific game.

Gray led Dutchmen receivers with four catches for 116 yards, a pair of touchdowns and a reception on a two-point conversion.