TOUGH GOING: Carroll County’s Tyshawn Embs (above right, 28) follows the blocking of Zack McBurney (78) and the Panthers’ Will Wallace (below) shows his exasperation in the Panthers’ 59-41 loss to Owen County Friday night at Carrollton. (Staff photos by David Hill)
TOUGH GOING: Carroll County’s Tyshawn Embs (above right, 28) follows the blocking of Zack McBurney (78) and the Panthers’ Will Wallace (below) shows his exasperation in the Panthers’ 59-41 loss to Owen County Friday night at Carrollton. (Staff photos by David Hill)
Owen County trailed 20-15 after one quarter but turned it on offensively over the next three frames to blow out Carroll County 59-41 in Carrollton on Friday.

The Rebels scored 44 points over the final two quarters while holding Carroll to just 21 and seized the No. 2 seed in the upcoming district playoffs. Carroll will be the No. 3 seed.

Carroll County got off to a promising start when senior Dillon Craig took the opening kickoff and sprinted 80 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead.

Very little time ticked off the clock before Carroll was at it again this time thanks to defensive back Tyshaun Embs who picked off a pass from quarterback Adam Hazlett to open the Panthers' first scoring drive of the contest.

Embs and junior teammate Blake Newby broke impressive runs to get the ball to the 1-yard line. That's when junior quarterback John Michael Adams called his own number and Tim Corley's kick made it 14-0.

But things were just heating up on a cool night. Owen County quickly jumped on track and started racking up the yards on its next possession. Running back Chris Smith amassed a pair of big first down gainers to get the ball into Carroll territory.

On the next play, Owen running back Collin Trammel found a hole and raced 48 yards for the Rebels' first touchdown of the contest to make it a 14-7 game with 6:15 left in the opening quarter.

Penalties and big gains by Embs and Newby helped Carroll County put together a three-minute plus scoring drive toward the end of the quarter. A personal foul and a facemask penalty by the Rebels got the ball into Rebels' territory.

Newby added a first down to the 27 and Embs and Newby picked up ground-gainers to the one before Newby took the ball in for Carroll's third score of the night. Corley's kick sailed wide right, but the Panthers still owned a 20-7 lead.

Owen County wasted no time getting another score on the board. Paul Banks returned the ensuing kickoff to his own 29 before the speedster Trammel got the call. He cut through Carroll's defense for a 71-yard scoring jaunt with 2:54 left. Trammel, also the holder on kicks, ran the ball in on a fake kick and to close the gap to 20-15.

The Rebels got a big play on their next possession when Hazlett hit Banks on a 63-yard catch and run for the go-ahead score with 11:48 left in the opening half.

An Owen County interception on the next drive opened the door for another scoring drive.

A key play in the drive was when Trammel, on a fourth-and-five situation, ran the ball laterally, eluding defenders and then crashed up the middle for a first down to the 10-yard line. Hazlett found an open Nathaniel Shadler for the touchdown and a 29-20 lead.

The Panthers got back on the board on their next possession. After a pair of strong carries by Embs, Newby scored from four yards out and after Corley's point-after, the lead was cut to 29-27.

Nathan Rivera connected on a 36-yard field goal late in the half to stake Owen County to a 32-27 lead at the break.

A pair of long runs by Trammel and Smith to open the third quarter moved the ball to the Panthers' two and Trammel found paydirt on the next play.

Carroll stayed with its opponent by scoring another touchdown with 6:42 left in the third. Newby broke a long run to the 11 and scored two plays later to bring his team back to within five at 39-34.

The game started quickly getting away from the Panthers for the remainder of the game as Owen added a pair of scores to lead 52-34 at the end of three.

Owen added a touchdown on a tipped pass caught by Collin Beckham and Carroll returned the favor in the closing minute when Embs, who amassed quite a few yards all night, finally scored on an 11-yard run. Corley's kick put the final score on the board.

Carroll hosts Trimble County Friday.