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Owen falls to Reynolds in home opener

Fred McCormick
Black Mountain News
Owen senior defensive tackle Saevion Gibbs closes on Reynolds senior Don Mosely. The Rockets dominated the Warhorses, 35-3, in Owen's home opener on Sept. 6.

A palpable buzz filled the air in Warhorse Stadium as Owen welcomed Reynolds to renew the rivalry between the two teams. 

The pregame excitement of the home fans, however, turned into a stunned silence by the time the game was over. 

The Warhorses entered their home opener on a high note, after opening the season with a 42-24 win on the road over East Henderson on Aug. 23. The Rockets, on the other hand, came into the contest with an 0-2 mark after suffering losses to East Forsyth and Shelby to open the 2019 season. 

Owen was hoping to ride the momentum of its Week 1 victory to its first win over Reynolds since 2014, but the Rockets had other plans. 

Reynolds held the Warhorses to a three-and-out series to open the contest, but Owen took possession of the ball after a Rockets fumble on the ensuing drive. Junior quarterback Caleb Scott struggled to get the offense going early, and again punted after three plays. 

The Rockets found the end zone late in the first quarter but Owen senior running back Blake Roberts took a short pass from Scott deep into Reynolds territory on the ensuing possession. That drive stalled and the Warhorses settled for a field goal. 

Owen junior quarterback Caleb Scott throws to senior running back Blake Roberts, as the Warhorses fall to Reynolds, 35-3, in their home opener.

It would be the last time the Warhorses, who botched several snaps in the first two quarters, would get on the scoreboard. 

The Reynolds offense got it going in the second quarter, adding two touchdowns and taking a 21-3 lead into the half. 

The offensive onslaught of the Rockets continued through the third quarter, as the Rockets extended the lead to 35-3. 

Owen senior Dequan Boyce escapes a Reynolds tackler on Sept. 6, when the Rockets handed the Warhorses a 35-3 loss in their home opener.

The loss dropped the Warhorses to 1-1 on the season, as they look to bounce back on the road against North Henderson on Sept. 13. . 

Reynolds will look for its second win of the season against Erwin.