Double Decker Dutchmen homecoming win

Will Johnson, Sports Editor
Posted 10/9/19

Scoring at will.

That was pretty much how one could have described the Owensville Dutchmen offense Friday night in their homecoming football showdown with Pacific’s Indians.

With barely …

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Double Decker Dutchmen homecoming win

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Scoring at will.

That was pretty much how one could have described the Owensville Dutchmen offense Friday night in their homecoming football showdown with Pacific’s Indians.

With barely half of the first quarter gone, Nathan Cabot’s squad already had a 21-0 lead.

Keeping the Indians off the scoreboard with the exception of a safety in the third quarter, Owensville dominated Pacific en route to a 40-2 homecoming victory.

“You’ve got to give credit where credit is due,” Cabot said. “Our offensive line did a great job blocking helping the running game and giving Brendan (Decker) time to pass the ball.”

Winning the opening coin toss, OHS opted to start the game with the football.

That proved beneficial.

Three plays into their opening drive, sophomore quarterback Brendan Decker delivered a perfect pass to Derek Brandt who turned it into a 69-yard touchdown completion just 82 seconds into the game.

Freshman Charlie Whelan’s extra point gave the Dutchmen a quick 7-0 lead with 10:38 for the opening quarter.

Seeing the Dutchmen defense force a quick three-and-out, Owensville’s special teams joined the scoring party.

Receiving the ensuing punt from Pacific, senior Cason Gray returned it 80 yards the other way for a Dutchmen touchdown.

Whelan’s second extra point doubled Owensville’s lead to 14-0 with 8:18 left in the first quarter of homecoming football.

Once again forcing another three-and-out by the Pacific offense, the Dutchmen defense quickly got their offensive counterparts back on the field.

Nearly two minutes and four plays later, Decker turned a fourth-and-two into a 52-yard touchdown run at the 5:00 mark of the first quarter.

Whelan’s third extra point gave OHS a 21-0 lead just beyond the halfway point of the opening quarter.

Opening the second quarter with a Trenten Watkins fumble recovery, it appeared the Dutchmen offensive machine would score again.

Set up by a Makai Parton 66-yard run, Pacific made it’s first drive into Dutchmen territory.

A holding penalty and a Zach Adams tackle-for-loss later, the OHS defense forced Pacific into a fourth-and-long situation.

Indian quarterback Colton Thompson’s fourth-down pass was intercepted by TJ Whelan in the end zone for a touchback keeping Pacific off the scoreboard.

Slowed down for most of the second quarter, Decker would orchestrate more points for Owensville’s quick-striking offense.

Capping an 80-yard drive started by TJ Whelan’s interception, Decker scored on an 18-yard TD run with 2:18 until halftime. Charlie Whelan’s kick went wide to the left leaving Owensville with a 27-0 lead late in the half.

Decker rushed for 177 yards on 12 carries and two touchdowns in addition to completing 10-15 passes for 210 yards and two more scores.

Another quick three-and-out forced by OHS’ defense gave the offense time for perhaps another score with 20.4 ticks for the half.

TC Fisher and Garret West both finished with a team-high 16 tackles.

Seeing nine seconds elapse, Decker found Brandt for the second time in the half this time on a 42-yard TD strike.

“Derek (Brandt) has really stepped up at wide receiver for us,” Cabot said. “Between him and Cason (Gray), they are two hard receivers to cover.”

Brandt finished the game with six catches for 197 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Following the missed two-point conversion, the Dutchmen went into halftime with a 33-0 lead.

A scoreless third quarter nearly became reality before a Dutchmen takeaway resulted in Indian points.

TJ Whelan intercepted his second pass of the game only to step ever so slightly back on to the field of play before going back into the end zone to take a knee.

Unfortunately, that resulted in a safety and two points for Pacific with 14.2 ticks for the third quarter.

Near the midway point of the fourth quarter, Austin Lowder joined the scoring parade with a 1-yard TD run. Charlie Whelan’s kick started the running clock with Owensville leading 40-2.

Lowder ended his night with 53 yards rushing on 11 carries and a touchdown.

Now 1-1 in homecoming games, Cabot’s Dutchmen will look to go to 2-1 in homecoming action and 5-2 overall when they head east on Highway 50 to face Union’s Wildcats with a 7 p.m., kickoff at E.A. Stierberger Stadium.

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