Dutchmen dispatch Lutheran South, 34-7

By Will Johnson, Sports Editor
Posted 10/22/20

Finding out last Tuesday afternoon that Sullivan could not field a football team due to quarantine from COVID-19, Owensville High School Activities Director Ryan Okenfuss quickly found the Dutchmen a …

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Dutchmen dispatch Lutheran South, 34-7

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Finding out last Tuesday afternoon that Sullivan could not field a football team due to quarantine from COVID-19, Owensville High School Activities Director Ryan Okenfuss quickly found the Dutchmen a new opponent.

Lutheran South’s Lancers replaced Sullivan Eagles as Owensville’s week eight opponent on the gridiron.

Putting 21 first-half points on the board Friday night, Nathan Cabot’s Dutchmen had more than enough offense to dispatch the visiting Lancers by a final score of 34-7.

“At this stage of the season, a win is a win,” Cabot said. “We didn’t have the cleanest game as we have a few too many turnovers. We’ll need to clean those up before next week’s game at St. Clair as they will be tough and ready for us.”

Nearly four minutes into the first quarter, Owensville broke the scoreless tie from Dutchmen Field.

Junior quarterback Brendan Decker hooked up with sophomore wide receiver Bryce Payne on a 56-yard touchdown pass at the 8:18 mark of the first quarter. Charlie Whelan’s extra point gave the Dutchmen a quick 7-0 lead.

That was all the scoring during the first 12 minutes of football.

Not even two minutes into the second quarter, Owensville doubled their lead.

Decker went back to the air finding junior wide receiver Derek Brandt on a 38-yard TD pass with 10:26 until halftime.

Brandt finished the game with six catches for 115 yards receiving and a pair of touchdowns. That also put him over 1,000 yards receiving for the season.

Whelan’s kick made it 14-0 in favor of the Dutchmen.

Just over three minutes later, OHS found the end zone again.

This time, Decker and Brandt hooked up again on a 4-yard TD pass at the 7:12 mark of the second quarter.

Decker threw for 207 yards on 11-22 passing and four touchdowns to go with 110 yards rushing on 10 carries.

Whelan’s latest extra point gave Owensville a 21-0 lead which they eventually took into the locker room at halftime.

Nearing the 4:00 mark of the third quarter, OHS’ shutout bid was dashed when Lutheran South quarterback Logan Slinkard found Cole Buscher on a 34-yard TD pass.

Cam Offerman’s extra point cut Owensville’s lead to 21-7 with 4:06 for the third quarter.

Taking that 21-7 lead into the fourth quarter, Cabot’s Dutchmen quickly added to it in the opening minutes of the final period from Dutchmen Field.

This time, it was the defense stepping up with TC Fisher intercepting a pass and returning it 22 yards for a touchdown at the 10:01 mark of the quarter.

Fisher and Garret West both led the OHS defense with nine tackles each.

Whelan’s missed extra point still left Owensville with a 27-7 lead.

OHS capped the scoring with 4:53 left on a 10-yard TD pass from Decker to Landon Valley.

Whelan’s kick gave the Dutchmen their 34-7 margin of victory.

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