DAWSONVILLE — He may share a first name with a certain Texas quarterback, but Union County’s Kolt Owenby looked more like Tom Brady on Friday night.
The senior quarterback, faced with less-than-ideal passing conditions, tossed a Brady-esque six touchdown passes en route to a 44-14 thrashing of Dawson County.
"I thought Kolt played great tonight," Union County coach Brian Allison said. "He came out and spread it around pretty good, I think."
Union’s offense came out clicking as Owenby connected with star receiver Blake Gowder (seven receptions 167 yards) on a 12-yard strike to cap the opening drive.
Dawson asserted itself on offense on its first possession, marching 53 yards on the ground to tie the score on Eian Perry’s 3-yard touchdown run.
But Owenby and the Panther offense struck back on the next play when he found Jesse Wright (four receptions 103 yards) with a short screen pass and Wright did the rest, scooting 58 yards for the score.
Owenby added a touchdown toss to Wesley Adams, and closed the half with his fourth strike, again hooking up with Wright to give the Panthers a 31-14 lead at the break.
Halftime didn’t cool off the Panther offense, as Owenby again found Gowder with a 70-yard bomb on their first play of the third quarter. His sixth and final touchdown pass was caught by Wright on a fourth-down play deep in Tiger territory.
Owenby ended his night late in the third quarter, completing 14 of 21 passes for an eye-popping 354 yards, but more importantly another key victory.