Youth movement powers Rebels to win over GeneralsPublished 10:26am Monday, September 9, 2013
Behind a 143 yard and two touchdown performance from running back Cody Martin, the Reeltown Rebels claimed a 34-14 victory over the visiting Horseshoe Bend Generals.
With the win, the Class 2A No. 7 Rebels improve to 1-1 (1-0 in region) while continuing its perfect streak against the Generals (1-1, 0-1 in region). The Rebels have not lost to Horseshoe Bend in any of the 12 contests the teams have faced each other in.
The Rebels, who were without six starters – including Ariko Stewart, Adam Waldrep and Zac Giddens – either due to injury or disciplinary reasons, jumped out early on the strength of Martin’s legs. Martin scored from five yards out to cap off a nine-play opening drive for the Rebels.
Later in the first, Martin scampered in from 41 yards out as the Rebels went up 14-0.
The Generals then woke up, answering Reeltown’s second score with a Drew Hill touchdown that put the bow on a 14-play drive
Not to be outdone, the Rebels pushed their lead to 21-7 following a Ed Carraker touchdown run from 11 yards out.
The Generals answered that touchdown with a 10-play drive that ended with a Major Abernathy three-yard touchdown run. The score was 21-14 at the half
In the third, Alex Giddens widened the Rebels lead in the fourth quarter when he scored from one yard out, and a key interception in the end zone by Devonte Ferrell put an end to the Generals’ best chance at a comeback.
A pick-six by freshman Jamon Matthews as time expired added more points for Reeltown.
“We played more like we were capable of playing,” said Reeltown coach Jackie O’Neal. “Last week, we didn’t look like ourselves. We were able to overcome our situation with our ninth-graders. They made some good plays, but they made some young plays as well. It was great for us to get a win where we were able to give our players a little time to heal.”
Freshman William Wright and senior Brandon Williams led Reeltown with seven tackles each. Wright had two sacks as well.
Reeltown quarterback Cody Spivey was 7-of-12 for 109 yards and an interception.
Generals coach Jason Franklin said he was pleased with the team’s effort.
“We didn’t capitalize on the opportunities that we had. That ballgame never got away from us,” Franklin said. “There wasn’t anything that Reeltown did that caused us to lose. (The Rebels) are a good team, don’t get me wrong, but we didn’t capitalize when we had the opportunity to do so. Hat’s off to Reeltown, as they played a great ball game but we missed a lot of chances to win the ballgame. I’m proud of our guys, they played four quarters of football, which is what we asked them to do. We are well on our way.”
Hill rushed for 48 yards on 15 carries. Jackson Sexton rushed for 36 yards on eight carries. Abernathy accounted for 123 total yards (57 rush) and threw two picks.
Hunter White led the Generals with eight tackles. Sexton had five stops, and defensive tackle Tristian Millien had five tackles (three for loss) and one sack.
Next for the Rebels is a road trip to Lanett. The Generals will go on the road to face Montgomery Academy.