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North Daviess Cougar D.J. Owens prepares dive for ND’s first touchdown against Eastern Greene on Friday in Cougar Valley.

ELNORA —North Daviess had their fair share of incompletions on Friday night as the wind wreaked some havoc with their passing game however, the Cougars had enough offense and more than enough defense to turn away the visiting Eastern Greene Thunderbirds by the final score of 42-0.

Senior tailback D.J. Owens led the way on the ground as he tallied the contest’s first touchdown in the middle of the first frame from 15 yards and later added a seven yard scamper and 52 yard rumble after intermission to put the game away. His unofficial tote total was 118 yards on the ground.

Meanwhile, junior quarterback Tanner Reed, who struggled to find many of his targets, still wound up with three TD passes. The signal caller spread the wealth as classmate Josh Krusenklaus caught one from 30 yards out in the second stanza, Kirk Wagler hauled in a 20-yard throw to push the lead to 18-0, and Jalen Knepp gathered a six yard ball for a toe-tap touchdown late in the third period. Add in freshman Austin Webster’s two-point conversion running and passing to the tune of an additional six markers for the final margin.

As has been the case the previous two weeks, the defense absolutely stymied an out-manned T-Bird squad. The defensive front of Andrew Steffey, Matthew Keith, Jake Miley, Chase Webster and Ethan Williams were dominant as were Spencer Strong, Josh Krusenklaus and Ted Lamson.

Head coach Trent Fine continued to heap praise on his D stating, “They played lights out, and I was never uncomfortable. I had confidence that the boys would keep the streak alive. We struggled through the air, but Tanner once again settled down in the second half. Some of our big boys got their hands on touchdown passes as well.”

Washington comes calling to Thurman H. Brown Field next Friday evening at 7 p.m. The night celebrates military appreciation as North Daviess will sport the camouflage jerseys to go with a 3-0 record. The Washington Times Herald Highway 57 trophy is again on the line with WHS currently in possession of the hardware.

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