Rebels denied dignity

Published 1:05 am Saturday, August 29, 2009

New Brockton – The New Brockton Gamecocks shut out the Zion Chapel Rebels on Friday night, 42-0.

The Rebels trailed by just seven at the half, but they couldn’t manage to get things rolling offensively when they needed it most.

“It was like Jekyll and Hyde for us tonight,” Rebels head coach Mike Waters said.

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“I feel like we were better conditioned than them, but we never showed it in the game.”

It was the Tevin McNair show for the Gamecocks as the 210 pound senior galloped for four touchdowns against the Rebels defense. McNair had 19 carries in the game that were good for 102 yards.

The game was scoreless through the first quarter, and New Brockton broke the silence of the early defensive bout with just 5:40 left in the second quarter.

The six play, 45-yard drive ended with McNair’s first touchdown.

The Rebels came out in the second half looking to get on the board, but the light in the tunnel slowly diminished.

The Rebels gained seven yards on the opening drive and punted the ball away on fourth down.

“We never could get anything going offensively,” Waters said.

“We shot ourselves in the foot with penalties on many occasions.”

The Gamecocks responded quickly with touchdown number two for McNair.

Two possessions later after another Rebels punt, the Gamecocks were back in the end zone for the third occasion. Quarterback Hunter Cauley connected with Justin Griswold for a 21-yard touchdown.

The Gamecocks kept their scoring streak alive on the next three possessions leading to the final score of 42-0.

New Brockton scored on five of six possessions in the second half.

The only possession the Gamecocks didn’t post points on in the second half was when they kneeled out the game clock in the victory formation.

“We just have to go back to the drawing board and go to work,” Waters said.

“We’re going to put this one behind us and move on.”

The Gamecocks out gained the Rebels 331 to 183 in total yardage.

Zion Chapel quarterback Lance Walden threw for 38 yards on eight attempts and rushed for 21.

Garrett Stinson led all Rebels rushers with 71 yards on 14 carries, and tight end Colton Miley led the reception yards category with 27 yards.

The Rebels will face the Goshen Eagles at home next Friday.