Zion Chapel hosts Wicksburg in pre-season scrimmage

Published 10:24 pm Thursday, August 22, 2013

Zion Chapel is looking for two very simple things from Friday night’s scrimmage against Wicksburg.

The Rebels want to work small kinks out of its restructured offense, and more importantly come away healthy.

Zion Chapel head coach Bradley Bowers said that if the Rebels can accomplish those two key things, the night will be a success.

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“We want to win the ball game, no doubt about that,” said Bowers. “But we also want to make sure we have all of our stuff down, and ready to go for the week one game.”

Zion Chapel does not have the benefit of having a large number of players, and will require numerous players to play “iron man” football.

Low numbers are another reason the Rebels want to avoid the injury bug pre-season.

“We need to stay as healthy as we possibly can,” said Bowers. “As long as we can stay injury free, we will continue to make progress and develop.”

For the third year in a row, the Rebels will unofficially open the season against the Wicksburg Panthers.

Bowers said that the annual game is something that he, as a coach, looks forward to.

“We like to play Wicksburg every year, because we know they will provide a quality test for us,” Bowers said. “They do a great job, and year in and year out have a tough, physical football team. We play in a tough, physical region, and the game gives the players a chance to see what the season holds.”

Over the off-season, Bowers replaced Mike Waters as head coach, and Joseph Suber joined the staff as offensive coordinator.

Suber will look to utilize a double wing offense to run the football more effectively.

Kickoff is set for 7 .m. at Greene Memorial Stadium in Jack.