Owen Warhorses split a pair of road games

Fred McCormick
Black Mountain News
Owen senior Fred Graves hauls in one of his two receptions in a 20-0 Warhorse loss to Brevard on Sept. 20.

A tight schedule resulted in an up-and-down week on the football field for Owen. 

The Warhorses opened their week Sept. 16 with a 13-0 win on the road against North Henderson before traveling to Brevard, where they fell to the Blue Devils 20-0, on Sept. 20. 

Owen and North Henderson were originally scheduled to square off on Sept. 13, but lightning forced the contest to be rescheduled. The Warhorses were back in Hendersonville the following Monday to face the Knights, who come into the match-up with an 0-2 record. 

The Warhorses, led by junior quarterback Caleb Scott, put up 7 points in the first quarter against North Henderson and added another touchdown before the end of the first half. After failing to pick up the extra point following the team's second touchdown, the Warhorses carried a 13-0 lead into halftime. 

Owen senior offensive and defensive lineman Saevion Gibbs carries his team's flag onto the field at Brevard Memorial Stadium on Sept. 20.

That advantage proved to be all Owen needed to pick up its second win of the year. 

The Warhorse defense held the Knights scoreless throughout the contest, as junior linebacker Blake Roberts led the way with 8 tackles. Seniors Saevion Gibbs and Fred Graves recorded 7 tackles each in the victory over North Henderson and senior defensive end Jaylin Davidson earned credit for 5 tackles, including a pair for losses. 

On the offensive side of the ball, Owen was led by Scott, who completed 7 of 15 passes for 108 yards and a touchdown. Scott also led the Warhorses with 46 yards on the ground. 

The Warhorses didn't have much time to celebrate their second win of the season with only three days to prepare for the Blue Devils. Brevard entered the contest riding a three-game winning streak to a 3-1 mark. The Mountain 6 Conference leader had given up only 14 points in the three games prior to hosting Owen, outscoring opponents 110-14.

Junior quarterback Caleb Scott, who led the Warhorses to a 13-0 victory over the North Henderson Knights on Sept. 16, attempts to elude a Brevard defenders on Sept. 20, when Owen fell to the Blue Devils, 20-0.

The Warhorses and Blue Devils finished the first quarter tied at 0-0, and a Brevard field goal represented the only points of the first half. 

The Owen offense struggled to get anything going against the Blue Devils defense, while the Brevard offense poured in 17 points in the second half. 

Owen senior defensive end Jaylin Davidson (51) tackles Brevard senior quarterback Baxter Swicegood on Sept. 20.

The loss dropped the Warhorses to 2-2 on the season as they prepare to host the 0-5 Franklin Panthers on Friday, Sept. 27. Owen will try to pick up its third win of the season against Franklin before opening its Western Highlands Conference season on Friday, Oct. 11 against 5-0 Mitchell.