Graves falls in second round to Owensboro

JAIME PRINCE/Special to The Messenger

Seniors Sam Thompson (50) and Brady Nall (6) tackle Owensboro's Ethan Avery for a loss of yards in the Eagles' final game of the season.

Owensboro High School left no doubt the second time it played Graves County this football season.

The Red Devils rolled to a 43-0 victory in the second round of the KHSAA Class 5-A football playoffs, winning the District 1 championship Friday night at Rash Stadium.

The Eagles finish their season 7-5, improving on last season's 5-6 mark.

The Devils got three touchdown passes from sophomore quarterback Gavin Wimsatt, and he also went 70 yards on a fake punt to put them up 15-0 in the first quarter.

"We had the fake drawn up and told Gavin if it's there take it, if it's not go for it," OHS coach Jay Fallin said. "I expected him to get the first down, I didn't expect him to score."

Wimsatt did a fine job of tight-rope running down the OHS sideline for the score.

"It's a play we called, I definitely saw a lot of green field, so I took it.," Wimsatt said.

He also hit Tyren Hayden with touchdown passes of 46 and 29 yards. Hayden had four catches for 98 yards. Wimsatt also found Cameron Thompson for a 22-yard scoring pass play. OHS did a good job on slant and middle seam routes.

"The offense played well, we caught the ball, the O-Line gave me a lot of time to get the ball out," Wimsatt said. He finished 7-of-11 passing for 184 yards. "We just made sure we came out hot and stayed hot the whole game. Our intensity was different, the last time we didn't come out as ready to play."

Ethan Avery ran 11 times for 72 yards and he got OHS' first touchdown on a 12-yard run.

This game was much different than when the teams played in the regular season, and OHS had to grind out a 27-8 win at Graves County.

"That's a tough place to play down there," Fallin said. "We're much healthier than we were down there. Graves County is a good team, their losses this year were to some of the best teams in western Kentucky. We wanted to be able to take advantage of what we wanted to do to them defensively and offensively. We felt we added some wrinkles from the last time we played them that would be to our advantage."

Graves County finished 7-5. It was held to 129 yards in total offense and seven first downs. Graves County quarterback John Brown was 11-of-20 passing for 95 yards and three interceptions.

Following the loss to Owensboro, Graves County head coach Nick Kemp said he was proud of his team;s effort despite a poor showing against the Red Devils.

"They made some big plays early and when things didn't go our way, the wheels fell off and we got ourselves in a hole that we couldn't climb out of. They shut down our run game and picked us off 3 times. We dropped a couple passes that were big and we had very costly penalties in the red zone. Defensively, we didn't play real good pass coverage and allowed them to big play us, which has been our Achilles' heel all season. I'm very proud of our kids and the season we have had, this is not how we wanted it to end, not putting up much of a fight, but every team we lost to will probably end up in the semifinals. We have to build our program to play tougher vs. the greater teams on our schedule and be more disciplined."

OHS finished with 392 yards in total offense and

GRAVES COUNTY| 0 0 0 0 _ 0

OWENSBORO| 15 28 0 0 _ 43

O-Avery 12 run (Eberhardt pass from Wimsatt)

O-Wimsatt 70 run (Thurman kick)

O-Hayden 46 pass from Wimsatt (Thurman kick)

O-Thompson 22 pass from Wimsatt (Thurman kick)

O-Hayden 29 pass from Wimsatt (Thurman kick)

O-Taylor 56 interception return (Thurman kick)