Zion Chapel searching for first win

Published 11:00 pm Thursday, September 19, 2013

Last Friday night, the Zion Chapel Rebels finally broke the plane of the end zone and found pay dirt for the first time all season. However, the two touchdowns weren’t enough as the Rebels fell to Calhoun 41-14.

Bradley Bowers, Zion Chapel head coach, said that the lopsided final score was as much the fault of mistakes by his players, as it was plays made by Calhoun.

“You have to tip your hat to Calhoun and Coach Williamson,” Bowers said. “But, we made quite a few mistakes out there. We turned it over inside the 10, snapped a ball over the punter’s head and missed a pile of tackles. We have went back to work to fix those mistakes this week.”

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Zion hits the road to Highland Home Friday night looking to avoid an 0-4 start. The Rebs last started 0-4 in 2010. Bowers feels that Highland Home head coach Tom Pinkston will run a base spread offensive system, but will “always give you a new wrinkle each year.”

“We have to make the plays when we have the chance,” Bowers said. “Through the first few games, we haven’t done that. It all goes back to blocking, tackling, running and throwing, and getting better every day, and every play.”

Zion needs a win not only to keep a glimmer of playoff hopes alive, but also to boos team morale.

“It would be huge for the kids to get a win Friday,” said Bowers. “This group comes in every week and works their tail off. We just need something positive to happen to get the energy flowing. A win against a really good ball team this Friday will be just the thing to get that done.”

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Clay Stadium in Highland Home.