Dutchmen tune up for Potosi at Hermann jamboree

By Will Johnson, Sports Editor
Posted 8/27/21

Every game matters.

That is one thing that Nathan Cabot’s Owensville Dutchmen football team learned the hard way last fall.

Falling 12-0 to Potosi in their season opener on the road, that …

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Dutchmen tune up for Potosi at Hermann jamboree

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Every game matters.

That is one thing that Nathan Cabot’s Owensville Dutchmen football team learned the hard way last fall.

Falling 12-0 to Potosi in their season opener on the road, that loss proved costly when week 10 and the first round of the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) Class 3, District 2 rolled around.

Had the Dutchmen come out victorious last fall against the Trojans, they would have avoided facing eventual district champion Cardinal Ritter in the first round back in late October.

“We’re hoping this time around to not have a repeat of last year,” Cabot said. “We got off to a slow start on offense in that game last year and we’ll hope to flip the script Friday night.”

Having nine returning starters on offense will definitely help Owensville look to avoid a slow start on that side of the football come 7 p.m., Friday night.

“We have a ton of weapons at our disposal on offense,” Cabot said.

One of those weapons is the reigning Four Rivers Conference (FRC) Offensive Player of the Year in senior quarterback Brendan Decker.

Other returning offensive starters alongside Decker include wide receivers Derek Brandt, Landon Valley and Bryce Payne.

Running back Austin Lowder along with linemen Logan Evans, Chance Clevenger, Trey Johnson and Hayden Shoemaker will look to protect Decker to give him time to move the offense down the field against a Potosi defense that held them scoreless last fall.

Defensively, the Dutchmen will have six returning starters which include Alan Kopp, Brent Helmig, Brandt, Payne, Valley and Evans.

Potosi will return 13 seniors including Gavin Pinson, Geoffery Howard, Blake Henson, Blake Missey, Carson Saunders, Steven Riddell, Wyatt Knapp, Levi Courtney, Hunter Kincaid, Tucker Juliette, Walker Lawson, Raymond Henson and Steven Willis.

Blake Henson scored one of Potosi’s two touchdowns last fall against the Dutchmen.

Guiding the Trojan offense will be junior quarterback Blake Coleman who takes over after his older brother Andrew graduated this past May.

Both teams will look to open their season at 1-0 Friday night.

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