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Rebels host Lanett in first home game of 2012

Published 8:53am Wednesday, September 12, 2012

For the first time in 2012, Reeltown football is coming home to Nix-Webster Stadium this coming Friday night when they host Lanett High School (2-0).
Reeltown (1-1) is a week removed from one of the most thrilling high school games in the local area last week at region and county rival Horseshoe Bend.
“The game at Horseshoe Bend was a dog fight and we were anticipating that,” said Reeltown head coach Jackie O’Neal, whose team won 31-28 in overtime.
“That Horseshoe Bend team is one of the best they’ve had in a while and I commend them for having a good game plan and executing it.”
Now that the region opener is behind them, Reeltown is now poised to take on another region foe against Lanett Friday night.
The Panthers are 2-0 for the first time since the 2008 season with a 60-0 win over Autaugaville in week one and a 35-18 win over Lafayette last week.
“Lanett is a senior-laden team that has been playing together for a while now,” O’Neal said.
“They haven’t been away from home yet this season, but they’ve got some momentum coming into this game, so I expect our guys to rise to the occasion of being at home for the first time this season.”
Besides the Reeltown running attack in 2012, O’Neal also added that numerous players are emerging in different positions that are slowly bringing Reeltown together.
“We have seen as a coaching staff that some of the kids that we had in certain positions are better off somewhere else, and it has taken some time for us to come together as a team,” said O’Neal, who named lineman Jestavia Norris and Jay Stephens, as well as athletes Ariko Stewart and Kendarious Frazier as emerging players for the Rebels.
“It’s good to be back at home and it’s going to be a good region game.
“We are slowly becoming a complete and whole team and (Friday) night is just another step.”
Reeltown and Lanett are set for a 7 p.m. kickoff Friday night at Nix-Webster Stadium.