Rebels attempting to ground EaglesPublished 12:00pm Friday, October 11, 2013
By Griffin Pritchard
Tallassee Tribune Managing Editor
Prattville Christian may have landed the first jab of the night but Reeltown answered with haymakers en route to a 55-6 win over the visiting Panthers.
“I thought we played pretty decent on the offensive side of the ball,” said Jackie O’Neal, coach of the Rebels. “We’ve still got some things we need to work on. But I’m extremely pleased.”
Offensively, the Rebels were led by Ariko Stewart’s 113 yards rushing on five carries. He also reeled off 82 receiving yards as he and quarterback Cody Spivey hooked up on a 58-yard pass and catch for a touchdown.
“I thought we threw the ball extremely well,” said O’Neal, “and we made several good runs. But, we’re still not up to par in the kicking game and we are missing too many tackles on defense.”
Cody Martin stepped in at tailback and paced the Rebels offense.
“Cody had a real good game for us,” said O’Neal. “Our offensive line did a good job of blocking. Donte Harris ran the ball extremely hard. Nobody wanted to hit him.”
Defensively, Ed Carreker led the Reeltown swarm with 10 tackles. Kalin Hodges added five and two for a loss.
“It’s good to have a breather and put some kids in the game that have been busting their butts at practice,” said O’Neal. “We get to see them in a real game and get some film on them and have a chance to see how far they’ve come.”
This week’s game against Montgomery Academy and last week’s game against Prattville Christian should be on opposite ends of the spectrum.
“Our next two weeks are going to be tough,” said O’Neal, whose Rebels march to Montgomery Friday and then will defend the house against Isabella next week.
“The schedule is not supposed to get any easier,” said O’Neal. “We don’t have the opportunity to go into a game where our opponent isn’t going to play well against us.”
The Eagles (5-1, 3-1), like Reeltown, have dropped a decision to Region 5 frontrunner Lanett. Montgomery Academy has picked up region wins over Prattville Christian, Horseshoe Bend and Randolph County.
“We are going to have a tough time with (Montgomery Academy’s) quarterback,” said O’Neal. “We’ve got to do a real good job of containing him. I like the way we match up. But, at this point, it’s about preparing your team to go out every week and play the best they can.”
Josh Thomas leads the Eagles with 1,255 total yards (827 passing) and 16 total touchdowns (10 rushing). Senior Justin Woolfolk has been the Eagles’ workhouse at running back with 683 yards and eight touchdowns on 70 carries. O’Neal knows his Rebels will have their hands full Friday.
“We are getting a little better each week and that’s what you want to see,” said O’Neal. “So far we’ve been having good practices and it’s paying off. We’ll find out what we’re made of at the end of the year when it really counts.”