Rebels run over Lafayette on Senior NightPublished 11:25pm Friday, October 25, 2013
By Justin Ferguson/Opelika-Auburn News
REELTOWN — After Reeltown senior quarterback Cody Spivey’s early interception against LaFayette led to a quick Bulldog touchdown, the Rebels elected to go back to their tried-and-true rushing attack. Three quarters later, Reeltown was celebrating a three-touchdown Senior Night victory, 27-6. The Rebels scored 27 unanswered points after LaFayette’s early touchdown Friday night to earn a Class 2A-Region 5 win at home. Running backs Cody Martin, Ariko Stewart and Edward Carreker combined for 203 rushing yards and three touchdowns for the Rebels, who improved to 6-3 with the win.
“I thought we played pretty good ball tonight,” Reeltown head coach Jackie O’Neal said after the game. “Defensively, we stepped up a little bit more. Offensively, we did some good things, but we’ve got to get rid of those yellow flags on the ground. Those hurt a few of our drives tonight.”
Spivey also added a Rebel touchdown through the air, finding Devonte Ferrell for a 7-yard score to wrap up Reeltown’s scoring late in the third quarter. LaFayette quarterbacks Kentrel Holloway and Jatarvious Whitlow each threw an interception in the loss for the Bulldogs, who fell to 1-8 on the season.
But Holloway started the game on a positive note. After Quentavious Whitlow picked Spivey’s pass off on Reeltown’s first possession, the junior latched onto the end of a short Holloway pass and ran 31 yards for the opening score.
“It was an interception, but I thought our receiver should have caught that ball,” O’Neal said. “Then, I thought we made a good play and got an opportunity to hold them, but then they got in the end zone.”
The Rebels answered the Bulldogs’ quick-fire touchdown with a long, run-first scoring drive that chewed both yardage and clock. Stewart powered a 1-yard run into the end zone with just seconds left in the first quarter. After forcing LaFayette to a three-and-out to start the second quarter, Carreker notched a short touchdown run of his own to give his team an 8-point lead.
“We came back and responded after that early score,” O’Neal said. “That’s what you expect your team to do.”
LaFayette responded with a long drive, but starting quarterback Holloway left the game with an injury as his team crossed into Reeltown territory. Freshman quarterback Whitlow checked in for the Bulldogs and threw a quick interception to Stewart, who capped off the ensuing drive with a 17-yard scamper up the middle of the field. Penalties hurt Reeltown’s offensive momentum for most of the third quarter, but the Rebels found the end zone one more time to make it 27-6. Facing a third-and-goal from the 7, Reeltown changed up the play calling with Spivey’s quick slant to Ferrell for the score. O’Neal elected to play his backups in the fourth quarter. His second-team defense delivered with a turnover on downs late in the game, stonewalling the tired Bulldog offense at their own 1-yard line.
Now with the No. 3 spot in Class 2A-Region 5, the Rebels turn their attention to next week’s trip to rival Notasulga.
“I think we’re getting a little bit better each game,” O’Neal said. “We’re getting stronger; we’re getting more people back that can help us. It’s going to be interesting to see if we can get everybody back and playing with a positive attitude — then we’ll see what we can do down the road.”