Rebels gaining confidence for Friday night

Published 3:00 am Thursday, September 17, 2015

The Zion Chapel Rebels will be searching for their second win in a row whey they make a visit to Highland Home on Friday.

Three years had separated home victories for the Rebels before they defeated Calhoun 35-18 last week. Bradley Bowers was not yet head coach and the current seniors on the roster were just freshman.

“The biggest thing that I have noticed this week is that the guys have had more confidence. You always hear coaches saying that winning cures a lot of things. It really does,” Bowers said. “It’s hard to explain but the guys’ body language is just different. “We are running and smiling a good bit, which is good …We enjoyed last week but we came out Monday and tried to fix some things that we needed to work on.”

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The Rebels (1-2, 1-1 in the region) have used that momentum in this week’s practice, as they regroup for the trip to Highland Home.

“We are trying to get guys healthy. We have some guys with bumps and bruises,” Bowers said. “We are trying to get some guys healthy so we can be ready to play on Friday night.”

The Rebels will face a tough opponent in Highland Home. The Flying Squadron are 2-1 1-1 within the region after falling to Luverne last Friday 53-18.

“It’s hard to beat a team that knows how to win, but it’s also hard for a team that doesn’t know how to win to win. That’s the battle we face,” Bowers said. “We tell the guys that we want to make sure that we know how to handle success. Just because we have one game, that doesn’t mean that we can stop working. When we walk on the field the other team is not going to bow down. Its just a balance of trying to keep the guys hungry and humble.”

One of the keys for the Rebels last week was the running game, led by senior Chase Peoples who rushed for 120 yards on 17 carries. His performance marked the second game in row in which a Rebel player rushed for over 100 yards.

“There are still a lot of things that we need to work on. There are a lot of things that we can get better at,” Bowers said. “I told the guys we could win 100-0 and I still wouldn’t be satisfied. That’s the nature of the beast.”

They Flying Squadron present many different formations offensively. Bowers and rest of the coaching staff have been preaching all week the importance of playing your position and your responsibility.

“They spread the ball out a lot on offense. We will see doubles, trips and empties. They don’t throw it a whole lot but when they do its affective. We are going to again make sure we have our guys playing their responsibility. They have some great players that score on any play so that’s going to be a challenge for us.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Highland Home.