Owensboro won their 800th game in the history of the program after they won a 67-0 blowout against Ohio County. Owensboro joins an exclusive club of just seven schools in Kentucky and 45 schools in the country to reach that win milestone.
Owensboro scored in their first drive with a short pass from Trevor DeLacey to Xavier Maddox for a six-yard touchdown. This was the first of many touchdowns by the Red Devils in the first quarter.
Owensboro had a comfortable 37-0 lead over Ohio by the end of the first quarter. Running back Evan Hampton earned himself a little over 100 rushing yards in the first quarter. He bagged himself two touchdowns in the first quarter. The other touchdowns were a pass from DeLacey to Taveon Bennett and a one-yard touchdown forced into the endzone by Dereon Crowe.
The Red Devils defense made sure to show Ohio no mercy as they forced a fumble, had an interception, regained possession from their own kickoff, a safety and allowed them only one first down in the first quarter.
To the end half, Hampton ran for another rushing touchdown for 32 yards where he faked out multiple players on his way to the endzone. Deion Winstead also rushed for an impressive 12-yard touchdown that saw him break through multiple tackles before crossing into the endzone. These touchdowns brought the score to 51-0 at halftime.
The second half saw Owensboro not letting up on offense or defense. On defense the Red Devils forced another safety along with an interception. On offense they scored two more touchdowns coming from a pass from Ty Ashley to Jaileon Bryant who ran the ball 45 yards into the endzone, and from an eight-yard rush by Braden Burk. The final score was a whopping 67-0.
This victory marked the 800th win for the football program and allowed Owensboro to join a prestigious and small number of schools who have reached the milestone. It felt special for OHS head coach Jay Fallin because he was able to see first hand the success the program has had over the last decade.
“It’s monumental because there’s only 45 teams in the country who have done that,” he said. “We’re the seventh team in the state of Kentucky that has won 800 games. I was an assistant when we won our 700th game in 2014, and we’ve won 100 since that time, so we’re on a pretty good clip since 2014. It’s special to be a part of it.”
“That’s 100 wins in 10 seasons, and that’s sustained success. That’s what we want the hallmark of our program to be is sustained success and sustained excellence.”
Owensboro will host South Warren next week for the second round of playoffs, and Fallin feels confident for the postseason as a whole because some of his injured players have been able to recover for tonight and next week, he said.
“We were kind of banged up coming out of the Henderson game,” he said. “We’ve been able to get them healthy and rest them some this week, so hopefully we’ll be able to fire on all Cylinders next week. We get to keep playing. Over half the teams in 5A are finished after tonight, and we’re still playing.”