Dutchmen overcome six turnovers in OT win

By Will Johnson, Sports Editor
Posted 9/14/22

WARRENTON — Nine times out of 10, if a football team turns the ball over six times in a game, they will more than likely come out on the losing end of the final outcome.

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Dutchmen overcome six turnovers in OT win


WARRENTON — Nine times out of 10, if a football team turns the ball over six times in a game, they will more than likely come out on the losing end of the final outcome.

Nathan Cabot’s Owensville Dutchmen bucked this trend Friday night on the road in Warren County against Warrenton’s Warriors.

Tied at 6-6 after one quarter, the score remain tied all the way through the end of regulation making overtime necessary to decide a winner.

Winning the toss prior to overtime, Owensville chose to receive the football and attack the west end zone.

After three run plays to start overtime, Owensville was faced with a fourth-and-five to keep their drive alive.

Sophomore quarterback Connor Fisher hooked up with senior wide receiver Bryce Payne on a 17-yard pass completion to set up first-and-goal at the 3-yard line.

On the very next play, Fisher found the end zone for a touchdown.

In spite of a failed two-point conversion attempt on the next play, the Dutchmen had a 12-6 lead before Warrenton’s possession in the first overtime session.

Thanks to a huge sack by Dutchmen senior lineman Trey Johnson, Owensville was able to come from behind to defeat the host Warriors.

“Our guys overcame so much tonight in the way of adversity, penalties and turnovers,” Cabot said. “We just kept battling and I could not be any more proud of my guys.”

Two plays into the game, Warrenton put the Dutchmen in an early hole.

Warrior running back Austin Haas found open turf for a 71-yard touchdown run at the 10:47 mark of the opening quarter.

Owensville’s first play on offense was their last for a few minutes.

A fumble recovered by Warrenton put the Dutchmen defense quickly back on the field at Owensville’s 36-yard line.

A Tanner Meyer stop of McKvi Owens on fourth-and-13 created a turnover-on-downs for the Warriors giving the Dutchmen a first down at their 27-yard line.

Flagged for a false start on third down, Owensville eventually had to punt the ball back to Warrenton.

While a penalty flag hurt them moments ago, it saved the Dutchmen on Warrenton’s next drive.

Owensville saw a 43-yard TD run from Haas called back on a Warrior holding penalty.

That and a Garrett Crosby tackle-for-loss eventually led to another Warrenton turnover-on-downs at the 3:30 mark of the first quarter.

Staring at a third-and-nine at their 44, Fisher hooked up with Crosby on a 13-yard pass completion for a first down at the Warrenton 43-yard line.

Fisher finished with 53 yards through the air on 4-7 passing with three interceptions. He also had a team-leading 62 yards rushing on 12 carries and a touchdown.

Crosby also led Dutchmen receivers with three catches for 46 yards.

After a first-down run by Meyer, sophomore Jaden Gerlemann reeled off a 31-yard run setting up first-and-goal from the Warrenton 1-yard line with :12 for the quarter.

Going right back to Gerlemann on the next play, he ran it in for a 1-yard TD run with :09 for the opening period.

Gerlemann also led the Dutchmen defense for the second week in a row with 10 total tackles.

A bad snap on the ensuing extra point left the score tied at 6-6 after one quarter.

Seeing their offense tie the score after one quarter, Owensville’s defense forced a three-and-out for Warrenton on their opening drive of the second quarter.

On first down, junior quarterback Blake Elliott connected with Charlie Whelan on a 27-yard pass play to the Warrenton 24-yard line for a first down.

Before he was knocked out of the game, Elliott finished with 67 yards through the air on 7-11 passing.

Unable to move the ball further than that, OHS turned the ball over on downs back to Warrenton at their 28-yard line.

Answering the bell once again, the Dutchmen defense got a sack from Hayden Shoemaker on Warrenton’s first play of their next drive.

Shoemaker registered nine total tackles on defense.

After a short run and an incomplete pass, Warrenton punted the ball back to the Dutchmen.

Three plays into Owensville’s next drive, they lost their second fumble of the game giving the Warriors another short field.

Forcing yet another three-and-out, the OHS defense negated their second turnover of the game.

Using his hands to catch a pass earlier in the half, Whelan used his foot to pin Warrenton deep in their territory.

Punting from his 37-yard line, Whelan booted it 51 yards all the way down to the Warrior 16-yard line with 2:36 for the half.

Limiting Warrenton to one big pass play on their next drive, Owensville’s defense forced another turnover-on-downs giving their offense a shot at taking the lead going into halftime.

Taking over at their 38-yard line, OHS started with a 19-yard pass play from Elliott to Crosby moving the Dutchmen into Warrenton territory at the Warrior 43-yard line.

Two plays later on third-and-10, Elliott found Payne on a 57-yard TD pass as time expired in the first half.

Unfortunately, the Dutchmen were flagged for offensive pass interference wiping the touchdown off the board.

Getting an untimed down to end the half, Owensville threw an incomplete pass as the first half ended in a 6-6 tie.

Minutes into the third quarter, a late hit on Elliott left him down on the field momentarily blacked out.

As a precaution, he was taken out of the game and evaluated on the sidelines for a possible concussion.

Fortunately for Dutchmen fans, he was cleared Monday afternoon and released to play this Friday night on the Dutchmen Field turf in Owensville’s Four Rivers Conference (FRC) opener against St. James’ Tigers.

That late hit by Warrenton took away an interception by the Warriors giving the ball back to the Dutchmen now quarterbacked by Fisher.

With a fresh set of downs at the Warrior 16-yard line, Fisher connected with Payne on a 16-yard TD pass, or so they thought.

Already having one touchdown called back on a penalty, this one was also taken away as the Dutchmen were flagged for an illegal block in the back.

That penalty eventually led to Fisher’s first interception of the game at the 6:20 mark of the third quarter.

Back on defense yet again, Owensville answered the bell forcing another three-and-out resulting in Warrenton punting the ball.

Fisher started OHS’ next drive running the ball four times for 34 yards moving the Dutchmen into Warrior territory at the 38-yard line.

A Whelan 10-yard run helped Owensville start the fourth quarter with a first down at the Warrenton 15-yard line.

Intercepted on the very next play, the Dutchmen defense was sent back onto the field to keep the game tied.

Able to survive over six minutes and 12 plays of Warrenton’s offense, Owensville got the ball back with 5:29 left in regulation at their 48-yard line.

Helped by a Fisher to Gabe Soest 10-yard pass play, OHS soon had a first down at the Warrenton 18-yard line.

Two plays later, Owensville’s third interception of the half nearly proved costly.

Meyer stopped Haas again on the final play of regulation to force overtime for just the second time between the Warriors and Dutchmen.

Posting a 14-7 overtime win at Warrenton back in 1989, the Dutchmen were able to duplicate the feat 33 years later Friday night.