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No. 4 Rebs hope to be clicking on all cylinders

Published 9:29am Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Class 2A Reeltown Rebels have the odds in their favor to capture their third Region championship in four seasons if they can finish out their Region slate this week and next week.
Standing in their way tomorrow night will be the Mustangs of Isabella, who are coming off of a 48-13 loss to Lafayette last week and have no easy task against the No. 4 Rebels (6-1) this week.
“Isabella has a deceptive offense that can cause problems for us if we aren’t disciplined,” said Reeltown head coach Jackie O’Neal of Isabella, who runs a Notre Dame box offense.
“The ball is going in different directions and at times they might break a big play or at other times we might make a play in the backfield.
“It’s an offense we’ve seen before, but it’s also one where our kids have to stay at home defensively.”
Staying at home is something that will more than likely pay off for the Rebels, as they have only allowed 10 points over the course of the last two games and have out-scored their opponents 138-32 through their last four contests.
The Rebels have set themselves up to win the Class 2A Region 5 title if they can top Isabella and take care of business against Lafayette High School in week nine.
“I think team-wise we are getting more depth and the younger guys are really starting to get a grasp on what we expect out of them every game,” O’Neal said.
“The things that we need to get done are starting to get done on the field and I think it shows in some of our scores.”
Individually, the Rebels have players making a name for themselves in not only the local area, but the state as well.
Defensive lineman Jestavia Norris ranks third in the local area in total tackles with 70 at this point in the season and his classmate Tywone Stewart earned Alabama High School Athletic Association Honors for his performance last week vs. Montgomery Academy.
Stewart rushed for 266 yards and four touchdowns in the Reeltown victory, as the senior has slowly gained momentum over the course of the season and seems to now be at full speed for the Rebels.
“(Stewart) is the type of player who we want to put the ball in his hands,” said O’Neal of his senior Class 2A All-State runningback candidate.
“Opposing defenses have no choice but to try to limit him, and because they have to do that, our other playmakers have the opportunity to get in space and make their own plays.
“If our other players step up when they need to, our offense can get where we want it to be.”
Reeltown and Isabella are set for a 7 p.m. kickoff tomorrow night at Bill Nabors Stadium in Maplesville.