Zion Chapel fails to find rhythm

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 26, 2015

The Zion Chapel Rebels never got in the flow offensively Friday night and fell to Kinston 52-0.

The Rebels (1-4) came into the games knowing there would be an adjustment period for the teams. The Rebels never found the adjustment.

“We knew there was going to be some stuff that we had to adjust to,” said Rebels head coach Bradley Bowers.

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“We thought it would take us into the second quarter before we got anything going tonight, but they really whipped us up front tonight.”

The Rebels did not play sound defense according to Bowers and had a hard time keeping containment against a quick and athletic Kinston team.

“It happened two or three times to us,” Bowers said. “It was just a terrible night.”

Big plays also hindered the Rebels. They threw one interception that was brought back for a touchdown and through another one that was brought back all the way to the Rebel 20-yard line.

The Rebels came into the game relying on a good running game over the last couple weeks, something that didn’t materialize in the loss to Kinston.

Senior Chase Peoples has been a steady cog for the offense over the last couple of weeks for the Rebels, but even he had trouble getting anything going rushing for a total of 37 yards on 19 carries. The Kinston defense allowed only average of just two yards a carry when Peoples touched the football.

“We could not get into a rhythm on offense,” Bowers said. “When I say they whipped us up front, we really got beat up front.”

Next week the Rebels return home to face Central at Greene Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.