2017 HRN Football Previews: Owensboro Red Devils

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Last Season: OHS finished 10-3 and regional runner up to eventual state champion, the Bowling Green Purples. By many accounts, Owensboro was considered the second best team in 5A. OHS also was upset by Owensboro Catholic for the city-county championship. Gone is one of the best statistical rushers that OHS has produced in Landon Board, who is second all time in OHS history behind Mark Higgs. On the defensive side of the ball, Malik Mundy will leave a huge void that OHS will try to fill. Hunter Askins and Tripp Grenier took their talents to Kentucky Wesleyan College to play on coach Brent Holsclaw’s offensive line. Also gone is 2 year starting quarterback Zach Gross as well as big play receiver Raishawn Washington.

 Coach Jay Fallin returns for his 3rd season on Frederica St. Fallin has compiled a 21-5 record in two years, with 4 of those losses being to state power Bowling Green. He’s also won an impressive 4 KHSAA class 5A playoff games with two consecutive regional runner-up appearances. Being a young coach in a high profile position is never easy, but Fallin has passed so far, with flying colors.

2017 Offense: When talking about OHS’ offense you MUST start with the offensive line. Jackson Burke, Nate Humphrey, Austin Coomes, Carson Brooks, and Logan Webb will make up a unit that will be considered the area’s best at the start of the season. That experience will be much needed as OHS will be very inexperienced in the skill positions. Junior quarterback Zeke Brown is expected to run the flexbone attack of OHS, but look for sophomore Nick Belcher to see some snaps if Brown struggles. At running back Imonte Owsley and Trevon Green are expected to see lots of carries. The fullback position is going to a strong point for the Red Devils. Ray Ray Weaver and Josh Cowherd are absolute loads at fullback and should be able to get short yardage against most any defense. At wide receiver, expect to see sophomores Tyren Hayden and Julius Eberhardt become big play targets. The M-O for OHS is a run based, ground and pound operation. However, if OHS wants to flourish offensively, the Devils will have to have a reliable passing game.

2017 Defense: OHS appears on paper to have tons of size and skill. The defensive line should win almost any matchup against opposing offensive lines. Ray Ray Weaver has moved to defensive end, Diamond Glover is an absolute stud at nose guard and Josh Cowherd is returning at defensive end as well. That group is going to be a nightmare for offensive lines across the state. At linebacker, OHS will be young but athletic. Jalen Goodwin is back for his senior season and is a tremendous athlete. Sophomore Trace Grenier and Freshman Austin Gough will provide much needed ability to fill gaps and get to the ball. At defensive back, OHS has tons of speed. Owsley (4 interceptions), Aireon Phillips (6 interceptions), Terion Hall (1 interception) and Cameron Thompson will make it tough for opposing offenses to pass on OHS.

2017 Schedule: 

Aug 18th     @ Madisonville North Hopkins                                                     7pm
Aug 26th     vs Evansville Mater Dei (Independance Bank Border Bowl)  6:30pm
Sep 1st         vs Owensboro Catholic                                                                    7pm
Sep 8th        @ Bowling Green                                                                              7pm
Sep 15th       @ Daviess County                                                                            7pm
Sep 29th       vs Christian County                                                                        7pm
Oct 6th          vs Marshall County                                                                        7pm
Oct 13th       @ Apollo                                                                                            7pm
Oct 20th       @ Graves County                                                                            7pm
Oct 27th        vs Henderson County                                                                    7pm

2017 Outlook: The goal for OHS is simple: a state championship. To do that, OHS must find a way to beat long time nemesis, the Bowling Green Purples. BG is once again loaded, but the task isn’t as tall as everyone may think. OHS from a shear talent standpoint, matches up pretty well with BG. Once again, it’ll come down to OHS’ ability to make teams like BG defend the pass. OHS will absolutely be able to run the ball against anyone, even BG, but if the Devils can’t pass, they can’t win state. Obviously city-county is on the agenda, and Owensboro will be looking to repay Owensboro Catholic for the upset at Steele Stadium last season. OHS will be one of Kentucky’s best once again, but can they BE Kentucky’s best?