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Stewart scores 4 TDs as Rebels hold off RCHS

Published 10:34am Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Reeltown Rebels came out with guns blazing at Randolph County, but it took some key defensive stands in order to ensure a 34-30 victory.
The Rebels (2-2, 2-1 in region) got big nights from running back Ariko Stewart and quarterback Cody Spivey.
“We jumped out on them pretty quick,” said Reeltown coach Jackie O’Neal. “We started out very well, and our quick passing game was hurting them.”
It tool less than 90 seconds for Reeltown to land on the scoreboard, when Spivey found Stewart for a 51-yard touchdown pass. The point after was no good.
Randolph County answered on the next possession with a touchdown pass that gave them the lead with 7:40 to go, but one minute later, the Spivey/Stewart connection hooked up again, this time going for an 81-yard score.
The rout looked to be on when Reeltown’s Devonte Ferrill scored on a 31-yard pick six with time to go in the first, but on their next possession RCHS struck through the air again to cut the deficit to 20-13 with 1:35 left in the opening period
Stewart widened the gap for Reeltown with a 28-yard scamper into the end zone, and kicked off the third quarter with his third touchdown reception, this one from 45 yards out.
Then, the Tigers started to turn it around.
“We started running out of players,” O’Neal said. “We had some key injuries that hurt the things we like to do.”
Randolph County scored 16 unanswered points in the third quarter to make the score 34-30, but Reeltown’s defense was able to stonewall the rest of RCHS’ attempts to comeback.
“We turned the ball over on downs late, but we stopped them twice,” O’Neal said. “The kids were resilient, and I was proud that they were able to get a stop when they needed to.”
Stewart accounted for 242 total yards (186 receiving) and four total touchdowns on the night.
Spivey was 6-for-13 for 194 yards and three scores. He also threw one pick.
“Cody threw the ball well, and the entire offensive line played tremendously in the first half,  but we’ve got to work on our consistency,” O’Neal said. “We’ve got some kids that can play, but the problem is that we play in spurts. That’s been our biggest downfall this season. We have to play consistently for all four quarters.”