HRN thoughts on the city football games from week 1

Week one has come and gone. Some teams suprised, some underwhelmed, and some left you with unanswered questions. Overall it was a solid week for the city teams, which is great news because the Independance Bank Border Bowl begins this Friday. Before we move ahead, let’s go back to last Friday.

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Apollo 50, Muhlenberg County 22: The story of the game was the breakout performance of Apollo quarterback Colby Clark who went 18 of 21 for 258 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. The rushing attack was balanced with Nic Brooks and Mariano McKenzie leading the way. All state candidate Peyton Peters had 135 yards receiving with 1 touchdown, but the story was the ease that which Apollo won this game. Quentin Miller (13 tackles), Khalif Carbon (10 tackles), Pressley Peters (9 tackles), and Daelin Kennedy (8 tackles) led the Apollo defensive attack. The schedule gets mighty tough for this week as the Eagles will take on Evansville Central, who is considered one of Indiana’s best this year.

For Muhlenberg County, Bronzyn Healy led the way with 101 yards rushing, but the inability for Muhlenberg County to do damage through the air. New quarterback Joseph Grubbs struggled to find his mark, but expect his productivity to climb as the season goes along. Karsen Steele did manage to intercept Apollo’s Clark, and take it all the way back for a touchdown. Braydon Hibbs, Ryan Chaney, and Camryn Schultz all accounted for 8 tackles. The good news for Muhlenberg County is they’ll take on Logan County next week, but the Cougars are coming on strong after a big win over Butler County. The next week, the Mustangs will take on Hopkins County Central, which should provide Muhlenberg County with another chance to get on the win column.

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Owensboro 41, Madisonville 19: With the game tied 19-19 at the half, OHS simply used their size, speed, and overall team talent to wear down the Maroons in the second half. After OHS’ defense surprisingly gave up 19 points at the half , the defense pitched a shutout in the second half to preserve the Red Devil win. While the result on the surface won’t blow state poll voters away, I think this Madisonville team may only lose 1 other game all season long. The Maroons are big, athletic, and have a quarterback that can throw it, which means they’ll be dangerous.

OHS still showed that throwing the ball could be an issue in 2017, but the Red Devils can lean on an assortment of backs to distribute the load. Senior fullback Josh Cowherd got the bulk of the carries (24, 110 yards, 2 touchdowns), but  quarterback Zeke Brown had a surprising 142 yards rushing, with Imonte Owsley chipping in with 77 yards and 1 touchdown. On the defensive side of the ball, it was a team effort, with tackles spread out among several Red Devils. OHS fans got to see freshman Austin Gough on a varsity field for the first time, and sophomore Trace Grenier also played well at linebacker. Owensboro will face a very big test in the Independence Bank Border Bowl this Saturday night against Evansville Mater Dei.

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Owensboro Catholic 33, Daviess County 31: This was the game that had people talking across the area. Daviess County bolted out to a 25-7 lead, only to see Catholic come back and take a 26-25 lead that the Aces would never give up. Owensboro Catholic has plenty of concern going forward with the vulnerability of the offensive line as well as the safeties giving up the deep ball. The bottom line however, is that OCath found a way to win, and that’s a staple of John Edge coached football teams. DC was able to bottle up Von Williams, but Edge inserted Nick Blair into the lineup in the second half and the Aces offense exploded. Catholic has a ton of playmakers that I fully expect to make big plays all season long. However, with teams like Reitz, Owensboro, and South Warren on the Aces schedule, Catholic will need to get some things fixed to achieve the ultimate goal which is a state championship.

You’d think that Daviess County would be thrilled with losing a close game against Catholic at Steele Stadium, but coach Brannon, the players, and DC fans felt they let this one slip away. What is know however, is that DC will be a much improved team in 2017. We know Marquel Tinsley is a bonafide division 1 caliber player, but we didn’t expect is that new quarterback Joey Cambron would come in and throw for 370 yards and 5 touchdowns. Cambron was able to find 6 different receivers on Friday and that versatility bodes well for DC going forward. Coach Brannon must find a way to address the cramping issue that plagued the Panthers on Friday. After that performance, Daviess County looks to be a major player in 6A District 1. DC has a big game in the Independence Bank Border Bowl this Saturday at Rash Stadium against Evansville Memorial.

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