ELNORA — North Daviess survived Friday the 13th, a full moon, and the Washington Hatchets to reclaimed possession of the Times Herald Highway 57 Helmet with a 26-8 win at Thurman H. Brown Field on Friday.
North Daviess (4-0) got on the board first with the lone touchdown of a penalty marred first half when D.J. Owens capped a six-play, 59-yard drive with a 12-yard touchdown run with 7:17 left in the half. North Daviess failed to convert the 2-point conversion but still led 6-0. Overall, the teams combined for 10 first half penalties on a night where a combined 20 penalty flags would be thrown.
Owens scoring would highlight the second half as the Cougars dominated Washington (0-4) after the half. Owens scored on a run of two yards late in the third quarter, then added long scoring runs of 36 yards and 12 yards in the fourth quarter. ND completed the 2-point pass from Tanner Reed to Kirk Wagler after Owens’ third touchdown. The Cougars led 12-0 after three quarters and by as much as 26-0 in the fourth quarter before the Hatchets got on the board.
Owens had the big night for North Daviess, picking up 175 yards on 27 carries. Reed completed 13-27 for 197 yards. Overall, the Cougars outgained Washington 391-219.
With 6:20 to play Dalton Ervin carried in from 10 yards out to end the North Daviess shutout. Trey Reed completed a pass to Seth Holstclaw for 2-points as WHS cut the lead to 26-8.
For the Hatchets, Reed completed 13-26 for 130 yards through the air. Ervin ran for 109 yards on 17 carries, though overall Washington netted just 89 yards rushing. North Daviess picked up 16 first downs compared to 11 for Washington, though ND gained eight first downs after halftime compared to just three in the second half for the Hatchets.
It will be homecoming at Hatchet Hollow on Friday when the Hatchets return home to host Mt. Vernon. North Daviess travels to West Vigo.