Home sweet Homecoming

Will Johnson

Two homecoming games, two victories.

That was the goal for Dale Long’s Owensville Dutchmen football team Friday night hosting Sullivan’s Eagles. 

Last Friday, Owensville spoiled Union’s homecoming, 49-12.

Exploding for 32 first-quarter points, Long’s Dutchmen never looked back before going on to post a 53-14 win to cap homecoming week.

“We played extremely well tonight and were able to get a lot of boys playing time,” Long said.

Winning the coin toss and starting the game on offense, Owensville barely needed a minute to break the scoreless tie from Dutchmen Field.

Starting at their 19-yard line, A Wyatt Ellis to Sean Irwin 10-yard pass completion along with a 21-yard run from Tanner Rector moved Owensville to the midfield stripe.

Following a 32-yard completion from Ellis to Grant Steever, the Dutchmen senior signal caller finished the drive off with a 14-yard touchdown run at the 10:44 mark of the first quarter.

OHS led 6-0 in spite of River West-Derby’s missed extra point.

Holding Sullivan to six yards of offense on their first possession, the OHS defense turned the Eagles over on downs giving the ball back to their offense at Sullivan’s 41-yard line.

Dustin Faragher showed the way on defense with 10 total tackles while Camren McQueen recorded four tackles-for-loss.

Four plays later, Rector found the end zone on a 3-yard TD run. Owensville doubled their lead to 12-0 after the failed two-point conversion attempt.

Sullivan’s next drive ended at the Dutchmen 30-yard line when the Eagles could not convert yet another fourth down.

Two plays and 23 seconds later, OHS added to their lead.

Rector followed a 42-yard run with a 28-yard TD run at the 4:58 mark of the opening quarter. West-Derby’s kick moved the Dutchmen lead to 19-0.

Rector finished with a team-high 194 rushing yards on eight carries and three touchdowns all in the first half.

On the ensuing kickoff, Sullivan’s Trevor Key returned it 70 yards for a touchdown to get the Eagles on the board.

Devyn Harmon’s extra point cut the Owensville lead to 19-7.

Following another four-play drive that went 49 yards, the Dutchmen scored yet again on offense.

Ellis found fellow senior Colton Moore on a 10-yard TD strike at the 3:30 mark of the first quarter. Wyatt finished the night going 6-9 through the air for 149 yards passing and a touchdown.

OHS led 25-7 following the failed two-point conversion.

Another Sullivan three-and-out quickly put the Owensville offense back on the field.

Adding to his earlier rushing touchdown in the quarter, Ellis scored again from 21 yards away.

West-Derby’s kick gave the Dutchmen a 32-7 lead after one quarter of football.

“Owensville has a good team and an offense that can score a lot of points,” Sullivan head football coach Jimmy Tucker said.

Forcing Sullivan to punt again to open the second quarter, Owensville’s offense went back to work with 9:22 left in the first half.

Sparked by a 54-yard completion from Ellis to Sean Irwin, Rector scored his third touchdown of the game from 8 yards out. West-Derby’s extra point with 9:09 for the second quarter bumped the OHS lead to 39-7.

Following another Eagle punting situation, the Dutchmen offense got the ball back at their 37.

Highlighted by a 33-yard run from Rector, Dutchmen sophomore Cody Linders capped the latest drive with his first varsity touchdown from seven yards away.

“It felt awesome to find the end zone for the first time on Friday night,” Linders said. “I saw a hole and just hit it.”

West-Derby’s kick gave Owensville a 46-7 lead at halftime.

Sullivan scored in the third quarter on a 76-yard TD pass from Ty Wheeler to Balor Bartolotta before a Trevor Abernathy 17-yard TD run at the 7:55 mark of the fourth quarter capped the scoring.

OHS will end the regular season Friday night hosting St. Clair.