Gavin Owens has record-breaking performance in Cougars’ first victory of the season

TOP PHOTO: Some fans stayed at Dossett Stadium after a passing rain shower hit and then the stadium lights went out for about 20 minutes.

By Clayton Carroll

JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – Your Campbell County Cougars were looking to bounce back after falling to Halls 41-14 in Week 1. The Fulton Falcons came to Reynolds Field on Friday night having suffered a defeat of their own in Week 1 to Knoxville Central 53-20.  That means both teams were hungry for their first win.

Campbell and Fulton battled throughout the first quarter, with the Cougars leading Fulton at the end of the first quarter by a score of 13-8. Fulton, however, would take control of momentum during the 2nd quarter, taking a 24-19 lead into halftime.

Campbell kept Fulton scoreless in the 4th quarter.

 As the Mighty Cougar Marching Band began to take the field, a storm rolled into L. Hope Dossett Stadium. The rain fell, the wind began to blow, and half the Cougar fans, as well as Fulton’s cheerleaders and band rushed to the exit. Then, the Cougar faithful that remained in the stands were treated with an unexpected and unforgettable experience. After the Cougar Marching Band finished performing, all of the lights at L. Hope Dossett Stadium shut off, leaving the field dark except for the glow of the scoreboard. WLAF’s Josh Parker couldn’t let a good Reba McEntire or Vickie Lawrence reference go to waste. He quickly dubbed the game “The Night the Lights Went Out in Jacksboro.”

After about 20 minutes, the lights finally came back on; and the two teams were ready to start the 3rd quarter. The Falcons received the ball to start the 2nd half and drove down the field into the red zone. It appeared as if the Falcons would score, giving themselves a two possession lead. However, Luke Lindsay and Blake Albright had other plans. Lindsay tipped a pass thrown into the end zone, and Albright fell and wrapped his hands around the ball just before it hit the field resulting in an interception for the Cougars. After that, Campbell County looked like a whole new team driving 80 yards to regain the lead.

The Cougars would outscore Fulton 27-6 in the second half, propelling themselves to a 46-30 victory over Fulton. It was Campbell’s first win against Fulton since its, at the time, only win against the Falcons that came back in 1980 at Dossett Stadium.

According to Head Coach Justin Price “When the lights went out, we played lights out.” Campbell’s offense exploded on Friday for a total of 406 yards, with 281yards on the ground and 125 yards through the air. Campbell County utilized a more balanced offensive attack with emphasis on the run game to set up the passing game.

Through the air, quarterback Landen Hensley was 12 for 17 for 125 yards and a touchdown. K.J. Chadwell led the Cougars in receiving yards with three catches for 46 yards and the TD. Kole Welch had one 25 yard reception. Gabe St. John made three catches for 19 yards as Luke Lindsay’s long grad went for13 yards.

On the ground, Keagon Cowan had 16 rushes for 100 yards, and he also caught a pass for six yards.

Before the rain and the lights out event, there were lots of Cougar fans on hand to cheer on the Orange-n-Blue.

The star of the show Friday night was Gavin Owens. Owens had 20 carries for 197 yards crossing the goal line a school record six times as well as having three receptions for 16 yards. Owens’ six rushing touchdowns broke the record for most touchdowns in a single-game, previously held by Chris Johnson (on the ground) and Bo Farris who had five on catches.

Parker spoke with Owens after the game, and he praised the O-line. He said “he couldn’t have it any better.” Owens mentioned the work put in by the entire team after last week’s defeat. He said that he felt like they came out better than ever against Fulton. Parker asked Owens how he felt about breaking Johnson and Farris’s record. Owens responded by saying “I’m just blessed. I give all glory to God.”

Aside from Blake Albright’s game changing interception that stopped a Fulton scoring drive, he had a tackle for loss. Luke Lindsay tipped the pass that Albright picked and ended up with a fumble recovery himself. Storm Webb had a sack and tackle for loss while Luke Carroll and Logan Belew also had tackles for loss.

Next, Campbell County (1-1) travels to Seymour to face off against The King’s Academy. The Lions lost 50-6 at home on Friday to CAK.

Campbell and The King’s Academy play on Friday, September 1st. Les Martin and Brent Allen bring you live coverage over the nine various media outlets here at WLAF beginning at 7 pm, with a kickoff time at 7:30 pm. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 08/28/2023-6AM)

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