Eagles Fall in Conference Finale
Owensville scored four touchdowns in the first quarter Friday en route to a 53-14 win over Sullivan.
Trevor Key’s 78-yard kickoff return and Ty Wheeler’s 76-yard touchdown pass to Balor Bartolotta represented Sullivan’s only scores on a night where they were limited to 150 yards of offense.
Sullivan (2-6) travels to Lutheran South for the regular season finale on Saturday and look set to enter the Class 3 District 3 tournament as the eighth seed.
The Eagles are looking at a trip to Springfield Catholic in the first round on Oct. 20.
Injuries have piled up for the Eagles, especially on offense. Quarterbacks Tanner Jackson and Levi Hurt are out for the season and running back Blaine Blankenship hasn’t played since Week 6 against Hermann.
Fullback Carter Dace went out with an injury on Friday after rushing for touchdowns against Hermann and St. James.
Dace had two carries for 14 yards before he was sidelined against the Dutchmen.
Owensville (5-3) won for the fourth straight game. The Dutchmen entered 2017 with high expectations and a loaded roster after going undefeated through the regular season and winning the district crown a year ago.
After falling to St. James 46-32 on Sept. 8, Owensville has been on a roll and it continued Friday, as the second half began with a running clock.
The Dutchmen took a 19-0 lead halfway through the first quarter. Wyatt Ellis ran for a 13-yard touchdown on the game’s opening drive, then Tanner Rector had touchdown runs of 3 and 28 yards.
Key’s touchdown return with five minutes left to play got the Eagles on the board. Devon Harmon’s kick made it 19-7.
Owensville answered quickly. Dustin Faragher caught a touchdown pass with 3:30 to play and quarterback Wyatt Ellis ran for a 21-yard touchdown a little more than two minutes later to push the Dutchmen lead to 32-7.
Rector’s 8-yard touchdown run with 9:09 to play boosted the lead to 39-7 and a 21-yard touchdown from Linders made it 46-7 with 2:55 remaining in the half.
Sullivan had the only touchdown of the third quarter as Wheeler connected with Bartolotta for a 76-yard score.
The Dutchmen played with their second unit throughout the second half and picked up a touchdown. Trevor Abernathy, last seen helping Sullivan’s freshmen legion baseball team a to district championship, ran for a 17-yard score against his teammates with 7:55 left to go.