Rebels Loose Heartbreaker in Overtime

By Molly Seales

On Friday night, August 20, two tough teams battled it out at Marston Stadium in East Point. The visiting Prairie View Spartans, who are ranked #4 in the MAIS Preseason Coach’s Poll, proved to be just a little too much for the Rebels.  The score was tied 26-26 after regulation, so the game went into overtime. The Rebels got the ball first but failed to score on their possession. However, the Spartans were able to score a touchdown on their first possession, so they defeated the Rebels by a score of 32-26. The Rebels did some good things on offense and defense.

The Rebel offense had a total of 355 yards and 4 touchdowns. Sophomore Ryder Huddleston was 5/12 in passing for the night for 56 yards and one touchdown.  Huddleston also had 19 carries for 87 yards and a touchdown. Senior Monroe McCarty had 11 carries for 128 yards and 2 touchdowns, while senior Jake Messenger had 10 carries for 61 yards. Junior Ben Almond had 2 carries for 10 yards, and sophomore Kyle Guillory had 1 carry for 13 yards.  Guillory also had 1 reception for 5 yards.  McCarty had 1 reception for 9 yards, and Messenger had 1 reception for 25 yards. Senior Ty “Bones” Jones had 3 receptions for 17 yards and 1 touchdown.

The defense fought hard as well.  McCarty had 5 solo tackles, 4 assists, and 1 interception. Jones had 4 solo tackles and 5 assists, including 3 TFL. Messenger had 4 assists and 2 PBU, while Junior James Wagoner had 1 PBU. Almond had 3 solo tackles, 2 assists, 1 interception, and 3 PBU.  Guillory had 2 solo tackles, 4 assists, and 1 PBU, while Huddleston had 2 solo tackles, 4 assists (1 TFL,) and 1 PBU. Senior Denver Williams had 4 solo tackles, 1 assist (1 TFL,) and 1 PBU.  Junior Tyler Parker rounded out the defensive effort with 2 assists (1 TFL.)

This week the Rebels will be at home again, this time against Union Christian Academy.  Please note that this week’s game will be on SATURDAY, August 28 instead of Friday.  Kickoff will be at 7:00 p.m. in East Point.  Come out and support these Rebels if you can!

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