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By JAMES LINE
Special to The Trimble Banner
In their October 5 homecoming game, the Trimble County Raiders took yet another hit on the football field, losing 57-6 to the Owen County Rebels.
Kickoff was followed by a fierce attack by the Raiders against their Rebel opponents, whom many considered faster and physically larger than the home team.
Despite their enthusiasm and drive, Trimble took a pounding on the scoreboard as Owen scored a touchdown and field goal within less than two minutes of the start of the first quarter. The relentless Rebel offense brought them five more touchdowns in just the first half alone, two followed by successful field goals. After halftime, runs by the Raider offense rejuvenated their earlier drive from the first quarter. The singleminded determination fell short of preventing the Rebels from winning yet another two more touchdowns.
By the fourth quarter, with the score at 51-0, the mercy rule set in and the clock was run. Owen, adding to their whopping lead, racked up still another six points. The preservering Raider offense rebounded, however, with a rallying touchdown by junior quarterback Tevin Taylor, bringing the score to a final 57-6.
The Raiders were praised heavily by their head coach, Justin Franklin, after the game. “It felt fun and it felt like we accomplished something, despite what the scoreboard says,” said Franklin afterward. Despite a physical disadvantage in size and speed, fans commended the players for not giving up, even at the very end. “It didn’t feel like a blowout,” said one commentator.