Coming back for morePublished 9:14am Thursday, August 23, 2012
There is one fixture of Reeltown High School football that will virtually never change: the running game.
In a Class 2A Region that has become one of the most pass-happy regions in the classification, the Rebels have stuck to their guns and plan on doing it again this year.
Just like heading into his junior year in 2011, Reeltown runningback Tywone Stewart knows to expect the ball heading into his senior year in 2012.
“We want to go 15-0 and win the state championship,” said the 5-foot-9, 185 pound Stewart, who led the Rebels out of the backfield in 2011, when they finished 8-4.
“That is our goal every year and it hasn’t changed this year.”
Joining Stewart in the backfield are two running mates that he and opposing defenses have become all too familiar with in Jim Parks and James Smith.
Stewart, Parks, Smith and departed senior Kemond Gauntt spear headed the Rebel running attack out of the wishbone in 2011, as Stewart, Smith and Parks combined for 1,652 yards and 21 touchdowns.
“We’ve got the backs to do whatever we want on the offensive side of the ball this year,” said Stewart, an All-Outlook selection at runningback in 2011 despite limited play during half of the season with a sprained ankle.
“I had my injury last year that slowed me up for a few games.”
Stewart started his junior season as hot as any tailback in Class 2A, running for 111, 229 and 189 yards in Reeltown’s first three games of the season.
“I’m still deciding what I want my individual goals to be this year,” said Stewart, who finished his junior year with 981 yards and 13 touchdowns on the way to All-State Honorable Mention honors.
“I think at the end of the season I want to be around 1,500 yards and 20 touchdowns and just help lead the offense.”
In terms of Reeltown accomplishments, the Rebels fell short last year, losing in the second round of the state playoffs after winning the title in 2009 and finishing runner-up in 2010.
“I want to go out on top in my senior season,” said Stewart, who has drawn college attention from Minnesota, Missouri, Middle Tennessee and Tuskegee and bench presses 285 pounds while running a 4.4 second 40 yard sprint.
“We just want to max out and be the best we can be this year.”
Reeltown will face some new teams in 2012 with the additions of Prattville Christian and Montgomery Academy, as well as the other usual teams in Horseshoe Bend, Lanett, Lafayette and Randolph Co.
Stewart and the Rebels kick off the 2012 season on the road at Dadeville High School on Aug. 30.
See The Outlook throughout the rest of August for player profiles of the 2012 Outlook Super-12 Football Team.