HRN Football notebook: Last Friday’s games and the Border Bowl

Before moving on to week number 3, let’s take a look back at last week’s action from around the area, as well as the Independence Bank Border Bowl. Remember all games on HRN are brought to you by the Don Moore Automotive team: to shop over 13 brands and 1000 vehicles, visit

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Edmonson County 42, Butler County 13:  In a result that very much surprised the HRN team, the Wildcats put on a show in Brownsville en route to an easy win. Edmonson County rushed for over 400 yards with running back Brayden Carey and quarterback Tucker Cole doing the most damage with two touchdowns each. Butler County quarterback Brendan Shanklin had a nice outing  going 16-30 with 168 yards and two touchdowns. Colton Embry also had a nice game defensively with 10 tackles for the Bears. With games coming up against Russellville, Apollo, and Muhlenberg County, wins are going to be very difficult to come by for the Bears. Edmonson County has the big “Tobacco Stick” game against Grayson on Friday so look for the winning way to continue in Brownsville.

Grayson County 14, Breckenridge County 6: Grayson County’s Logan Kopp rushed for 133 yards to lead the Cougars to their first win of the season. Breckenridge County quarterback RJ Bentley went for over 100 total yards but it wasn’t enough for the Tigers. From a schedule standpoint, it’s going to be very difficult for the Tigers to get another win on the schedule, but fully expect coach Hottell’s team to battle. Coach Ed Smart’s team was able to break through with a win but next week’s game against Edmonson County will provide a massive step up.

Meade County 48, Anderson County 0: This was a result that surprised me, but HRN’s Brandon Ward had the Green Wave all the way. It was good to see Meade County pick up the win because the Green Wave schedule is absolutely loaded. Another toss up game against Shelby County could give us more insight about how good this Meade Count team can be in 2017.

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Ohio County 37, Hopkins County Central 18: In what was thought to be a tossup game on HRN, the Eagles went to Morton’s Gap and pulled away for a nice, tough road win. Freshman Q’Daryius McHenry broke on the scene with over 130 yards of total offense. Heath Simmons was once again spectacular going 24-40 for 358 yards and 6 touchdowns. Nick Morris and Ben Wood had two touchdowns receiving with Shane Frady adding 1. Ohio County has a massive game at Schaeffer-Glover field this Friday that will challenge OC’s early season success.

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Hancock County 68, Webster County 0: The Hornets dominated the Trojans in Dixon to improve Hancock County’s record to 2-0. Gage Gray had a great outing for the Hornets with 112 yards rushing, 2 touchdowns, 7 tackles, and 1 interception to lead the way. Nole Alstad, AJ Newton, Tanner Singleton, Jacob White, Darian Clay, and Blaze Nalley all pitched in with touchdowns to help the Hornet cause. Hancock County’s next two games (Ohio County and Daviess County) are significantly more difficult, an will give us a better idea of how good this Hornet team can be.

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Trigg County 31, McLean County 22: McLean County bolted out to a 16-0 lead, but the Cougars couldn’t hold on against Wildcats in Cadiz. Noah Baldwin and Tyler Beals both went over 100 yards rushing Brayden Bishop and AJ Cline also had great night’s in coach Wagner’s Wing T attack. Peyton Caraway also added a rushing touchdown. McLean’s much improved, much tougher schedule has proven to make win harder to come by, and Friday’s matchup against Apollo will be the toughest yet. McLean could be 0-3 but don’t sleep on them. I fully expect the Cougars to excel as the year goes along.

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Logan County 36, Muhlenberg County 18: The Mustangs fell to 0-2 but showed some serious signs of fight against a much improved Logan County football team. While yards on the ground was hard to come by, quarterback Joseph Grubbs had a great night passing for 198 yards and 3 touchdowns. Bronzyn Healy was on the receiving end of two touchdowns and Karsen Steele had the other. Muhlenberg County plays Hopkins Central at home this Friday, an I fully expect the Mustangs to find their first win of the year.

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Evansville Central 49, Apollo 7: Some folks will see this result and think that “it’s the same ole Apollo”. I’m telling you that Apollo has a really good football team this season. Evansville Central may just be the best high school football team I’ve seen in person in the last 10 years, and yes, that includes the vaunted Bowling Green Purples. All the talk around the Border Bowl was about Reitz, but in my opinion, Central has more playmakers on both sides of the ball. Apollo’s inability to find rushing yardage against this freakishly athletic Central defense, was problematic all evening. Quarterback Colby Clark had a nice evening with 137 yards passing and 1 touchdown going to all state candidate Peyton Peters. Quentin Miller, Gage Hayden, Daelin Kennedy, and Khalif Carbon had nice plays on defense. Apollo needs to regroup quickly as the Eagles take on a dangerous McLean County team in Calhoun this Friday.

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Evansville Reitz 34, Owensboro Catholic 0: Indian’s #2 ranked team in 4A showed the tristate exactly why they’re expected to contend for a state title in Lucas Oil Stadium in November. While the score was lopsided, Owensboro Catholic actually had an excellent opportunity to jump ahead 7-0, but a dropped pass by Nick Mills and an underthrown ball to Kobe Hamilton kept the Aces out of the end zone. Reitz’s Isaiah Dunham showed why he’s the real deal and committed to Yale in the Ivy League. The Aces had no answer for Dunham and running back Da’Ziaun Sargent who rushed for well over 100 yards. Owensboro Catholic had a lot of trouble with protecting quarterback Will Warren and for a short time, went with backup quarterback Drew Hartz. Nick Blair and Josh Sloan had great nights defensively for the Aces. Catholic will look to throw everything out the window and start fresh with Friday’s game at OHS. Win that one, and all the early season struggles for Owensboro Catholic will go away.

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Evansville Memorial 58, Daviess County 33: Memorial exploded for 58 first half points in route to a blowout in the first game on Saturday at Rash Stadium. Daviess County was without several playmakers due to suspension, but it may not have mattered much as Memorial looked like a well oiled machine against the Panthers. Daviess County quarterback Joey Cambron was once again solid as he passed fodr 314 yards and 4 touchdowns. Wide receiver Blake Baker had 200 yards receiving and 3 touchdowns and an interception. Drew Cockrell and Blake Rumage had nice defensive efforts for DC. The Panthers take on a struggling John Hardin team this Friday but the Bulldogs have lost to North Hardin and Boyle County, which are two very solid programs. DC has it’s work cut out for it in order to avoid an 0-3 start.

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Evansville Mater Dei 21, Owensboro 20: In what was the most competitive game of the Independence Bank Border Bowl, Mater Dei overcame a 14-7 4th quarter deficit and a 20-14 overtime deficit to get the clean sweep for the Evansville schools. Both teams made plenty of mistakes but the rushing of Mater Dei’s Chase Rheinlander and the 3rd down conversion ability of quarterback Tyler Goebel proved to be the difference. OHS quarterback Zeke Brown had a suprising 109 yards passing with 1 touchdown to running back Trevon Green. Cornerback Terion Hall had two interceptions and 10 tackles to pace the Devils defense. OHS played much better than they did against Madisonville and if the Devils can continue to open up the offense with Brown’s arm, the sky is the limit for OHS. This Friday, the game of the week is Catholic vs OHS, which will more than likely determine the winner of the city-county championship. With Bowling Green on the horizon, OHS needs to be sharp against the Aces.