CLASS 2A: REELTOWN vs. VINCENT NIX-WEBSTER-O’NEAL STADIUM Friday, 7 p.m.Published 9:38am Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Class 2A No. 3 Reeltown High School is all set for another state title run beginning Friday at the newly named Nix-Webster-O’Neal Stadium against Vincent High School.
The Rebels (9-1) churned their way through Region 5 play with their closest game of the season coming week two against Horseshoe Bend in an overtime win.
Below are some of the keys to the game Friday night when Reeltown hosts Vincent:
Sticking to the bread and butter
There is no secret what the Rebels are going to do Friday night against Vincent … run the football.
Reeltown has two runningbacks with a combined 2,036 yards in brothers Tywone and Ariko Stewart.
Tywone, a senior, has ran for 1,211 yards and accounted for 19 total touchdowns through the regular season, while Ariko, a sophomore, has rushed for 825 yards and 11 total touchdowns.
Reeltown is averaging 280 rushing yards a game this season.
If Vincent (7-3) wants to have a shot at knocking off the Rebels, they will have to stop Reeltown at their own game, which is no easy feat.
Based on their games earlier this season, the Yellow Jackets are prone to giving up a significant amount of points including 60 given up against Walter Wellborn, 59 against Fultondale and 57 against Woodland two weeks ago.
Removing any chance early
In the state playoffs, anything can happen and Vincent is coming into Reeltown Friday as the undisputed underdog, meaning that the Rebels will need to remove all doubt of an upset as early as they can.
Vincent has scored more than 30 points in eight of their 10 games this season and if they get on a roll can put some strong points on the board.
The Reeltown defense has undoubtedly gotten stronger as the season has gone along and hasn’t allowed more than 15 points the past five games, including two shutouts.
Defensive lineman Jestavia Norris is one of the top tacklers in the local area with 99 tackles headed into the playoffs. His teammates Ariko Stewart and Kendarious Frazier have both also combined for 124 total tackles as well.
The Rebel defense also does a good job of causing disruption in the backfield, averaging 3.8 sacks per game and having ten separate players with two sacks or more so far this season.
Reeltown and Vincent kickoff Friday night at 7 p.m. in Reeltown.