Top-3 match-up Friday night for 2A state title berthPublished 9:08am Wednesday, November 28, 2012
It will be a tall task, but the No. 3 Reeltown Rebels will have to defeat No. 1 Tanner High School Friday night at Nix-Webster-O’Neal Stadium to advance to the Class 2A state title game next week.
The Rebels advanced Friday night against Woodland High School on a goal line stand in front of a capacity crowd in Reeltown.
The Rebels got the most impressive playoff performance in the local area from senior runningback and Class 2A All-State candidate Tywone Stewart.
Stewart ran for 248 yards and four touchdowns in the Rebel victory on the way to cementing himself as the top rusher in the local area on the season with over 1,700 yards and counting.
But the team that Reeltown will face Friday night is not Woodland, and by most intents and purposes Tanner High School is the favorite to win the state title after losing to Elba in the title game last year.
The Rattlers (13-0) have defeated teams by a combined score of 570-72 and played their closest game of the year last week against Fultondale and Alabama commit ArDarius Stewart.
Tanner defeated Reeltown last year in the second round of the state playoffs 37-14 at home and cruised through the rest of the playoffs up until the title game loss.
Tanner is also yet to give up a point yet this postseason, defeating Sand Rock 55-0, Walter Wellborn 48-0 and Fultondale 14-0.
The Rattlers have been ranked No. 1 in Class 2A since week three of the season and have also not given up more than 20 points this season in a game.
Although there hands will be full offensively, the Rebels will also need a stout game defensively from lineman Jestavia Norris and secondary players Bradly McKeithen, Michael Hall-Long and Ariko Stewart.
Norris is one of the top tacklers in the local area and in Class 2A with 135 total tackles and an astounding 12 total sacks.
Combined with his presence up front is the play of the secondary with sophomores McKiethen and Ariko Stewart, who have combined for eight interceptions and 125 total tackles, as well as four interceptions from Hall-Long.
See the Friday Outlook for the in-depth preview story of Reeltown vs. Tanner.