By: Jak Lindsey

After an exhilarating playoff run, the Owensboro Red Devils football season came to an end this past Friday night after a heartbreaking loss to Bowling Green High School.

After starting the season 1-3, including a loss to in-city rival Owensboro Catholic, the Devils persevered, outscoring opponents 562-276 on their way to a 9-5 record and a state semifinals appearance. Although they came up just short, the way this team fought through adversity to have another successful season and postseason run, chalk full of significant moments was nothing short of impressive.

Quite possibly the biggest highlight of this season was the Red Devils amassing their 800th program win, which they accomplished after defeating rival Henderson County 34-6 on October 27th. Owensboro became just the seventh program in Kentucky and 45th in the nation to secure as many victories. The epic drone show afterwards to celebrate was also one to remember. 

There were also plenty of individual accolades this year. Sophomore RB Evan Hampton had a season for the record books, breaking Mark Higgs’ sophomore-season rushing record with 1,552 yards. Several other players also had banner seasons, securing all-county and all-district honors/honorable mentions, including SENIORS OL Jerrick Williams, OL Jak Lindsey, DB Bradin Fountain, DL Courtland Howard, and PK Peter Saang, JUNIORS RB Deion Winstead and QB Trevor DeLacey, and SOPHOMORES WR Chadyn Morris, RB Evan Hampton, LB Eli Hampton, and DL Zane Biever.

The graduating seniors of the 2024 class have definitely made their mark on this program. Despite their freshman season being halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these Devils managed to accumulate ten wins over city/county opponents in the past four years, while bringing four district and regional championships back to 1800 Frederica Street. They were also a part of a 2020 season that saw Senior High play at Kroger Field in the KHSAA 5A State Championship.

A few seniors have also earned the opportunity to continue their athletic careers in college, all of whom we wish nothing but the best: 

  • Jerrick Williams (Football, Kentucky Wesleyan)
  • Jak Lindsey (Football, Southern Illinois)
  • Bradin Fountain (Football, undecided; offer from Lindsey Wilson)
  • Lake Wilson (Baseball, Transylvania)

On a personal note, thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read and enjoy my write-ups this season. I would also like to thank all those who supported me and my teammates throughout my four years of playing football at OHS. I have enjoyed my time here, and will cherish all the memories I have made. And, as always, it’s a great day to be a Red Devil. #76, signing off.