Rebels eager for wins

Published 3:00 am Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Zion Chapel Rebels look to create some homegrown momentum Friday when they host Calhoun in their first home game of the season.

The first two games for the Rebels have not gone the way head coach Bradley Bowers had hoped. The Rebels have been outscored 112-13 in losses to Providence Christian and Elba.

In hopes of a turnaround, the Rebels have worked on preparing for their next opponent while trying to heal from last week’s game against Elba.

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“We came in early to practice on Monday morning and had a good practice yesterday,” Bowers said. “We got out of that last game pretty fortunate. We didn’t have any major injuries. We have been working on getting healed up this week. We need to make sure they are focused on the task at hand.”

The Rebels will welcome a team that has struggled to begin the 2015 season. The Tigers have yet to score a point this season, falling to Autaugaville 38-0 and New Brockton 56-0.

Although the Tigers have struggled, Bowers and the Rebels will not be taking the opponent lightly.

“We haven’t done a whole lot of winning around here lately, so we are not at the point where we can’t take anybody lightly,” Bowers said. “They are extremely athletic. They are scary athletic. I talked last week about Elba having the opportunity to score on any given play and Calhoun is the same way. Some of the things they do are a little more unorthodox, but their scary fast with good athletes.”

After spending the majority of the first half of the season on the road the Rebels will relish the opportunity to come home and try to get their season turned around.

“With a young team its kind of intimating (playing on the road),” Bowers said. “We went down to Providence Christian and they had a huge crowd. We also went down to Elba and they had a huge crowd as well. It’s going to be real nice for them to have the crowd in their favor this Friday night. They have the chance to have everyone come out and have their buddies from school and the community come out and watch them.”

After this week the Rebels will spend the next two games on the road so they plan to soak in all they can Friday night.

“The way I always try to explain to my team is, it’s kind of like in life, whenever things go bad you can always go home,” Bowers said. “Some things haven’t gone our way and it’s been tough the last couple of weeks but we have the chance to come back home. We hope to work on things and get the ship turned back in the right direction.”

Coaches never like to look past their next game, but if the Rebels come out and play well against the Tigers, they may be able to ride that momentum into the their next two games on the road.

“We aren’t sure of a lot of things and a lot of coaches don’t believe in momentum. But the way I look at it, the more you win the easier it is to win and the more you lose the easier it is to lose,” Bowers said. “Anytime we can have the opportunity to win a game its something that we don’t take lightly and its something we are working to do more of. It’s good for the kids anytime you can win it gives them a big boost of confidence. We are hoping we can do what we are supposed to do Friday night.”

The Rebels and Tigers will kick off at 7 p.m.