DOUBLE SPRINGS — Austin Owens shined yet again in Winston County’s 26-0 route of Southeastern on Friday night. Owens was handed the ball 25 times, gaining 152 yards and a touchdown on the ground …
DOUBLE SPRINGS — Austin Owens shined yet again in Winston County’s 26-0 route of Southeastern on Friday night.
Owens was handed the ball 25 times, gaining 152 yards and a touchdown on the ground before being benched and allowed to rest in the final quarter. Owens now has 1,152 yards rushing on the season, and he shows no sign of slowing down.
Owens and the Yellow Jackets proved to be too much for Southeastern. The Mustangs were in for a long night as the offense was unable to get anything going against the Yellow Jacket’s defense.
Led by Owens and Dante Smith with 3 tackles each, the Winston County defense held the Mustangs to only 53 total offensive yards.
Alternating between three quarterbacks in Michael Carpenter, Jacob Robertson, and Jordan Graham proved to be futile as none were able to give the spark the Mustangs so desperately needed.
Finally, Ethan Moore sealed the deal by picking off a pass thrown by Robertson to end Southeastern’s final drive of the game. The senior fired on all cylinders throughout the matchup. Moore averaged 12 yards a carry on only seven rushes for a total of 84 yards and a touchdown. Moore also found the end zone on a 10 yard pass from Brook Bonds, who additionally rushed for a touchdown of his own.
Southeastern’s defense, much like the offense, consistently struggled throughout the game. However, some playmakers clearly stood out from the pack. Kevin Juhola led the team with 5 tackles, and Mitchell Young followed closely behind with 4 of his own. Despite these respectable performances, Southeastern was simply unable to escape Winston County’s suffocating grip.
Winston County has now solidified a third-place spot in Region 5 and a corresponding playoff berth following this key region win over Southeastern.
The Yellow Jackets will get one final opportunity in the regular season to face another region opponent when visiting Sumiton Christian this coming week.
Meanwhile, Southeastern will try to learn all they can from this loss before making the drive to face an additional region opponent in Tarrant.
For many teams, the ongoing battle for a spot in the postseason marches on this week as the regular season reaches its penultimate game, but, at least for now, all is set in stone for the Winston County Yellow Jackets.