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Stewart dashes for 248, Rebels advance

Published 11:38am Monday, November 26, 2012

With 22 seconds left, Reeltown linebacker Edward Carreker picked off a Jon Wes Adcock pass and the Reeltown Rebels topped Woodland last night 30-24 at home.
Rebel senior runningback Tywone Stewart led Reeltown on the ground with 248 yards on 18 carries and four touchdowns in the victory.
It appeared as if the Rebels would cruise early in the contest when Stewart ripped off a 59 yard run on the third play of the game for a 6-0 Reeltown lead.
But the Bobcats would recover a Rebel fumble on the next series at the Reeltown 18 yard line and score off of a 13 yard pass with 5:15 left in the first quarter to tie the game at 6-6.
Woodland stopped Reeltown on their next offensive series and continued to churn out the ball to the 18 yard line of the Rebels with one minute remaining in the quarter.
Woodland then scored off of an 18 yard run play up the middle of the Rebel defense for a 12-6 lead heading into the second quarter.
Reeltown’s drive to start the quarter would stall and Woodland added to their lead to the surprise of Reeltown fans when they once again ran the ball right at the Rebels and scored on a three minute drive capped off with a three yard touchdown run, taking the score to 18-6.
On what was their biggest pass play of the night, Reeltown junior quarterback Cody Spivey connected with Michael Hall-Long for a 21 yard gain on a third down and 16 try to put Reeltown in Rebel territory.
Spivey then hit Ariko Stewart in the flats into the Woodland red zone and the Ariko Stewart then dove to the one yard line on the next play.
After a loss of yardage, the Ariko Stewart scored from 4 yards out to cut the lead to 18-12 with three minutes left in the half.
In what was at the time the biggest defensive play of the night for the Rebels, Bradly McKeithen picked off an Adcock pass and gave the Rebels a chance to score before the half.
Reeltown did just that with a 47 yard touchdown run by Tywone Stewart to tie the game at 18-18 with  1:16 left.
Reeltown seemed to come out in the third quarter with the intention of wearing down the Bobcats defensively, as their opening drive consisted of three straight first downs into Woodland territory with numerous runs by the Stewart brothers.
However the drive would stall when Spivey would throw an interception at the Woodland 20 yard line and it would be returned to midfield.
The Woodland drive would stall after an intentional grounding call and the Rebels turned back to the run game with a fake reverse by Ariko Stewart that went to the Woodland 32 yard line.
Tywone Stewart then dove into the Woodland red zone with 3:15 left and would score on the next play with a 10 yard run to give the Rebels their first lead since the first quarter at 24-18.
Woodland then responded when they had to with a drive that lasted over four minutes and included a successful fourth down and five yards to go try that eventually set up a one yard dive play to tie the game at 24-24 with seven minutes left.
Like he’s done all year, Tywone Stewart answered right back when the Rebels needed it with a dashing 61 yard touchdown run on the next drive for Reeltown for the 30-24 lead.
Woodland took over from their own 30 yard line with six minutes left to save their season.
The Bobcats mounted a 13 play 50 yard drive that included a pass interference call on Reeltown that set up an eventual third down and goal try for the Bobcats.
After a critical false start, Woodland was backed up and Adcock was sacked on the third down try by Dontea Harris.
On their fourth down try, Adcock was picked off by Carreker to seal the Reeltown win.
“It’s a shame somebody was to lose a game like this,” Reeltown head coach Jackie O’Neal said.
“We knew it was going to be like this because they have a good team that plays hard, but our guys just never gave up and really gave an all out team effort on the final goal line stand.”
To add to his older brother Tywone’s rushing effort, Ariko Stewart ran for 56 yards on nine carries.
Woodland racked up 249 total yards of offense for the night.
The win puts Reeltown in the Class 2A state semifinals where they will take on Tanner.