Owen High football loses second conference game as injuries add up

Ezra Maille
Black Mountain News
Mitchell High defeated the Owen Warhorses in Owen's second conference game of the season.

The Owen High football team lost to Mitchell County High in Owen's second conference game of the season as injuries added up for the Warhorses. 

Starting quarterback Eli Lanter watched the game from the sidelines due to injuries in last week's game versus at Draughn. Will Shaw and Briggs Barker were also injured early in Owen's 55-27 loss to Mitchell. 

"Add that to a Orion Angus who's already out and a Jarrett Tweed who's already out and the injuries just kind of mounted up on us," said coach Brint Russell. 

Mitchell quarterback Ty Turbyfill scored the first touchdown a minute into the first quarter. Prior to his injury, running back Barker scored on a 30 yard rush for Owen's first touchdown.

Owen quarterback Alex Sanchez filled in for Lanter, throwing three completions, one interception and rushing 22 yards. A 3 yard carry for Sanchez led to a touchdown in the fourth quarter. 

Mitchell led 28-14 at the end of the first quarter and 42-14 at the half. 

Owen running back Cadyn Cook finished with 110 yards. Barker had 49 yards before leaving the game with an injury. 

"We had a bunch of guys out there playing positions they hadn't practiced," Russell said. "But they fought and I was proud of that."

Owen running back Briggs Barker was removed from the game due an injury.

Down by 34 points at the start of the fourth quarter, a touchdown by Sanchez decreased the deficit to 28.

"We tackled better than we did last week," Russell said. "But we have to continue to get better at tackling next week in practice."

The Warhorses' next conference game is Oct. 1 at Mountain Heritage.