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Dogs can’t handle Rebels run attack

Published 12:54am Saturday, October 27, 2012

By Justin Lee/Opelika-Auburn News

Reeltown stretched its winning streak to eight games Friday night with a 28-6 victory over LaFayette at Bulldogs Stadium.

The Rebels rolled up 263 rushing yards on the LaFayette defense in the win, lifting the Class 2A-Region 5 champions’ record to 8-1 overall, and a perfect 6-0 in region play.

LaFayette came within one score of the Rebels after a 40 yard touchdown pass by Kentrel Holloway to Kentavious Landers cut the Reeltown lead to 13-7 early in the fourth quarter.

The Reeltown defense tightened up late, however, as two interceptions by Rebel defensive back Micheal Hall-Long helped Reeltown pull away. Hall-Long returned his first pick 32 yards to the LaFayette 2-yard line, setting up a Reeltown score on the next play. Hall-Long then intercepted another pass on LaFayette’s final possession of the game, sealing the victory for Reeltown.

“LaFayette had some extremely good athletes and they played real hard, played a real physical ball game,” said Reeltown head coach Jackie O’Neal. “They’re probably one of the more talented teams we play in our region. We felt like, coming into the ball game, if they ever connected all the dots they were going to be real tough. And tonight they came out here ready to connect the dots and they played an extremely good ball game.

“I thought our kids handled the adversity real well. It was a good, well-played ball game.”

LaFayette senior quarterback Quay Boyd left the game in the second quarter and did not return. Holloway, Joe Vines and Quan Whitlow each took snaps at quarterback in his place for the Bulldogs (4-5, 1-5 Class 2A-Region 5).

The Rebels will return home next week for their season finale against Notasulga.

“Going into tonight they had lost two ball games, having one of their better years,” O’Neal said of Notasulga. “They’re undefeated in their region, won their region, so it’s going to be an exciting ball game.”

As region champions, Reeltown is set to host Vincent in the first round of the playoffs on Nov. 9.

“This time of the year you always want to go into the playoffs playing well, and you want to be starting to peak,” O’Neal said. “You don’t want to peak yet, but you want to start peaking, and I feel like right now we’re starting to play a lot better.”