No. 5 Rebels to host Montgomery AcademyPublished 10:17am Thursday, October 11, 2012
Last week’s 35-0 trounce of region opponent Prattville Christian was a solid win on the scoreboard for the Class 2A No. 5 Reeltown Rebels, but coach Jackie O’Neal saw it from a different perspective.
“I thought in a week-by-week mind set, we were continuing to get better over the past month, but I thought we planed off a little bit last week,” O’Neal said.
“Blame it on the lack of intensity in the game or us not knowing much about Prattville Christian, but I didn’t like the way we came out and competed.”
The Rebels have won five straight games since their season opener against long time rival Dadeville in late August, where Reeltown lost 26-12 in the closest game Class 4A No. 3 Dadeville has played all season.
Since their 21-20 defeat of Lafayette in week three of the season, the Rebels have out-scored their last three opponents by a combined score of 105-22.
“We’re getting stronger and stronger every week because we are getting healthier and the guys are getting accustomed to playing with each other and doing whatever it is they need to do on the field to help us win games,” O’Neal said.
“It’s a process of learning to execute that I think our guys are getting better and better at as we go along.
“At this time of year any team can hit the wall and this week we’re focused on what we need to do to take care of business.”
Taking care of business will come down to their playmakers Friday night for the Rebels, as senior runningback Tywone Stewart has jumped up to second in the local area in rushing with 656 yards on 82 carries through the first six games.
Along with the churning of yards by Stewart, Jestavia Norris continues to rack up the tackles on the defensive side of the ball.
The senior defensive lineman has 63 total tackles through the first six weeks of the season and leads the local area in total sacks with six.
“I always expect our playmakers to make plays every time we take the field,” O’Neal said.
“But, I think when a team is clicking on all cylinders, that you can look to the supporting personnel and the guys around the playmakers doing what they have to do to help the team.
“Our support guys are doing a good job for us right now.”
Reeltown and Montgomery Academy are set for a 7 p.m. kickoff Friday night in Reeltown.