All-FRC Dutchmen seven

By Will Johnson, Sports Editor
Posted 11/20/19

Finishing 4-6 in Nathan Cabot’s first season as Owensville Dutchmen head football coach, seven of his players were recognized by the Four Rivers Conference (FRC) following voting by coaches …

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Finishing 4-6 in Nathan Cabot’s first season as Owensville Dutchmen head football coach, seven of his players were recognized by the Four Rivers Conference (FRC) following voting by coaches from St. Clair, Union, Hermann, Sullivan, St. James, Pacific and Owensville.

Showing the way for OHS was sophomore wide receiver Derek Brandt earning All-FRC First Team honors alongside Pacific’s Grant Hall in addition to the Union duo of Peyton Burke and Chase Mehler.

Brandt led Owensville in scoring with eight touchdowns in addition to receiving yards with 814 yards on 38 catches.

Derek’s season high in receiving yards came against Pacific when he caught six passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns.

Proving himself as one of Brendan Decker’s favorite targets on offense, Brandt was also recognized for his efforts on the defensive side of the football.

Third on the team with 80 total tackles, the OHS sophomore also recovered a fumble to go along with two interceptions.

For those numbers, Brandt was also named a Second Team All-FRC selection at defensive back.

Brandt’s season high in the tackle department came in week one against Potosi when he registered 16 total tackles.

He also had an interception and a fumble recovery in the annual Gasconade County Bowl football game at Hermann.

In addition to Brandt at defensive back, three more Dutchmen football players received All-FRC Second Team nods at their respective positions.

At wide receiver, senior Cason Gray was an All-FRC Second Team selection along with Hermann’s Carter Hemeyer and Union’s Donavan Rutledge.

Gray’s best game arguably came in the season opener against Potosi catching five passes for 161 yards receiving and a touchdown.

Along with Potosi, Gray caught touchdown passes in the first four games of the season.

Defensive season-highs for Gray included four total tackles at Eldon and an interception against Cuba.

Gray was not the only Dutchmen football senior to earn All-FRC Second Team honors on the offensive side of the ball.

Senior Cody Linders was selected as an All-FRC Second Team Tight End along with St. Clair’s Brendyn Stricker.

Linders did the most damage on the road at Eldon catching a touchdown pass along with being on the receiving end of three two-point conversions.

He caught a season-high two passes for 24 yards and a touchdown in OHS’ road win at Cuba.

Also named an All-FRC Honorable Mention selection on the defensive line, Linders registered six total tackles at Hermann and at home against Sullivan.

Rounding out the list of All-FRC Second Team selections for the Dutchmen was junior linebacker TC Fisher.

Leading the team with 114 total tackles, Fisher registered a team-high 81 assists to go along with a sack and two fumble recoveries.

Fisher’s best game came in Owensville’s road victory at Eldon recording a team-high 20 tackles against the Mustangs.

He recovered fumbles against Hermann and Sullivan along with getting his lone sack of the season against Pacific.

Sophomore quarterback Brendan Decker garnered an All-FRC Honorable Mention nod behind St. Clair’s Dalton Thompson (2nd Team) and Union’s Derek Hulsey (1st Team).

Completing over 50 percent of his passes (110-219), Decker ended up throwing for 1,659 yards and 18 touchdowns against seven interceptions. He also rushed for 487 yards on 123 carries and seven touchdowns pushing him over 2,000 all-purpose yards for the season.

Statistically, Decker’s best game came in the season opener against Potosi when he threw for 270 yards on 16-27 passing in addition to throwing for four touchdowns.

Against Cuba, Brendan threw for a season-high five touchdowns.

On the ground, Decker’s best game came at homecoming with 177 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries. He also threw for two scores through the air giving him four during Owensville’s 40-2 homecoming win over Pacific.

Sophomore running back Austin Lowder also garnered All-FRC Honorable Mention recognition rushing for a team-high 529 yards rushing on 84 carries and seven touchdowns.

Lowder’s season high came in week two against Eldon where he amassed 161 yards rushing on 10 carries to go along with two touchdowns against the Mustangs.

Garret West was OHS’ final All-FRC selection as an Honorable Mention pick at linebacker.

Finishing with 89 total tackles for his senior season, West’s best game came at homecoming against Pacific with 16 total tackles and two sacks.

He also recovered a fumble in Highway 19 action at Cuba.

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