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Tigers take down Rebels for fifth straight

Published 5:29pm Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Although Reeltown grabbed an early lead, the Rebels couldn’t keep the Dadeville offense out of the endzone. The Tigers claimed the win for the fifth straight time in this county rivalry, 26-12.

Rushing was the name of the game for both teams. With 5:23 left in the first quarter, Reeltown’s Tywone Stewart took in 22 yards to make it 6-0.

Dadeville didn’t answer until three minutes into the second, when CJ Tolbert took it 12 yards into the endzone to tie it 6-6. Tolbert was the leading rusher for the night and picked up 139 yards off 14 carries.

Reeltown went three and out on their next possession, giving Dadeville the ball on their own 45. Jamal Crayton carried the ball almost 30 yards off three carries before Kaleb Beck found Terry Toler for a 30-yard touchdown. Tigers led 12-6 with 5:59 left in the second.

Reeltown’s rushing game, however, stayed strong.

“We need to improve on stopping the trap,” said Dadeville head coach Richard White.

Reeltown’s Ty Stewart dissected the Dadeville defense and a handful of carries later, the score was tied 12-12. Ty Stewart was the second leading offensive player with 15 carries for 100 yards, best only by his brother Enrico Stewart, who had 8 carries for a total of 136 yards.

Though both teams were tied at half, things started going downhill for the Rebels.

“We just didn’t have enough numbers – it wasn’t anything they (Dadeville did),” said Reeltown coach Jackie O’Neal. “They were able to play once we got tired, but until we got short on numbers, they were sweating bullets out there.”

Beck found Toler for his second and final completion of the night. Toler took it 40 yards for a touchdown. The extra point was good to bring the score to 19-12.

Reeltown, however, couldn’t get their offense going in the second half. After a flurry of penalties and turnovers on downs from both teams, the Tigers finally found the endzone again when Darius Miller crashed the goal line to bring the score to 26-12.

The game was the fifth straight win for the Tigers in the Reeltown-Dadeville rivalry. White said he saw a lot of good and a lot of areas that need some fine tuning.

“My hat is off to my offensive line – they are young, and I didn’t know exactly how they would respond,” White said. “Defensively we played better at times. It is the first game – you are going to have penalties such as lining up[ offside or in the neutral zone.”

Two players, Reeltown’s Jim Parks and Dadeville’s Jamal Crayton were ejected in the first half for personal fouls. White said these sorts of penalties will not be tolerated.

“The personal foul penalties, there is no excuse for that,” White said. “We will deal with that on Monday.”

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