No. 6 Rebs ready to runPublished 2:24pm Thursday, August 9, 2012
Reeltown High School is no stranger to the preseason rankings of the Alabama Sports Writers Association polls, and they find themselves there again headed into the 2012 season.
The No. 6 Rebels enter the 2012 season with nine returning starters on the offensive side of the ball, led by a stable of runningbacks that return.
“I think our continuity on offense will be better this year than it was last year,” Reeltown head coach Jackie O’Neal said.
“We just need to focus on what we do well as a team.”
Led by tailback Tywone Stewart and the duo of James Smith and Jim Parks, the Rebels will be right up there with the rest of Class 2A in the running game in 2012.
“Our expectations are to get the state title game, which is the same that it is every year,” O’Neal said.
“We came up short last year, but we want to end up in Jordan-Hare in 2012.”
The Rebels will have to replace one of the top players in the 2A classification this season, as Lineman of the Year candidate Kemond Gauntt has graduated and is enrolled at Miles College.
“Kemond had a great season for us last year, but we have guys that can step up,” O’Neal added.
The Rebels will have Stewart in the defensive backfield, as well as Jestavia Norris, one of the local areas top defenders on the defensive line.
Another player for Reeltown fans to look our for headed into the season in Kendarius Frazier from the linebacker position, somebody who could emerge for the Rebels as the season goes along.
“We want to get off on the right foot this year and take some good things away from our first game,” said O’Neal, referring to the annual showdown with Dadeville High School to start the season.
“It is important for us to start strong and build up momentum from that point forward.”