Turnovers trip up Dutchmen

Will Johnson
Sports Editor

If you turn the ball over more than the other team, chances are you’ll wind up on the short end of the scoreboard.

Dale Long’s Owensville Dutchmen found this out when Eldon’s Mustangs turned four OHS first-half miscues into 18 points and a 26-0 halftime lead.

Able to get on the scoreboard in the third quarter on an 11-yard touchdown strike from quarterback Trevor Abernathy to Cason Gray, Owensville could not get any closer before falling to 0-2 on the young season after a 34-6 loss to the visiting Mustangs from Eldon.

“We have to stop turning the ball over and clean some things up,” Long said. “We were able get the ball inside Eldon’s 30-yard line several times with several chances to score when we couldn’t put it in the end zone.”

Getting the football to start the game after Eldon deferred to the second half, Owensville moved the ball with relative ease.

Sophomore running back Garret West had carries of 11 and five yards respectively to pick up a pair of Dutchmen first downs.

On the next play after his five-yard run converted a fourth-and-one, OHS turned the ball over on an interception by Eldon’s Dawson Brandt.

Several plays and 77 yards later, Brandt found the end zone from five yards out giving Eldon a 6-0 lead at the 3:45 mark of the first quarter. OHS stopped the ensuing two-point conversion attempt.

Driving once again into Eldon territory on their next possession, a fumble ended OHS’ latest drive at their 45-yard line with 1:15 for the opening quarter.

Down 6-0 after 12 minutes of football, Owensville’s defense found themselves back on the field after another turnover starting the second quarter.

Six plays into the second period, Brandt scored from six yards away doubling Eldon’s lead to 12-0 after yet another missed two-point conversion attempt.

With OHS unable to get a first down on their next possession, they punted it back to the Mustangs giving them a short field at their 46-yard line with 8:44 for the first half.

Six plays later, Isaiah Parsons scored on a five-yard TD run with 6:43 until halftime. Brandt’s two-point pass to Charlie Mays bumped the Mustang lead to 20-0.

Thanks to a nice Bryor Bogle return, Owensville started their next drive on offense in Mustang territory at the 48-yard line.

Following a five-yard run from Austin Lowder, Abernathy connected with Gray on a 12-yard pass completion for a first down at Eldon’s 31-yard line.

Lowder finished with a team-high 57 yards rushing on 11 carries.

Facing a fourth-and-one from the Eldon 22, another Dutchmen fumble gave the ball back to the Mustangs at the 4:27 mark of the first half.

Driving 77 yards in just under four minutes, Eldon added another score to take a 26-0 lead into halftime on the road.

Moments into the second half, Sebastian Dixon blocked Eldon’s punt giving the Dutchmen offense excellent field position at Eldon’s 41-yard line with 10:13 for the third quarter.

Six plays later facing a third-and-goal, Abernathy found Gray from 11 yards out for Owensville’s lone score of the game at the 7:36 mark of the quarter.

Abernathy finished 12-21 passing for 174 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.

Gray also paced the Dutchmen defense with 14 total tackles.

OHS will host Cuba Friday night at 7 p.m., looking for their first win.