Rebels ready for homecoming

Published 3:00 am Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Zion Chapel Rebels are looking for home field advantage Friday when they host Central-Hayneville for homecoming.

The Rebels (1-4, 1-2) return to place where they picked up their only win of the season against Calhoun. “Everybody is excited, the guys are excited and we have had a good couple days of practice,” said Rebels head coach Bradley Bowers. “We just have to make sure the guys are focused at the task at hand.”

The Rebels enter the contest coming off a disheartening 52-0 loss against Kinston.

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“As a coaching staff we decided that we were going to leave the past in the past and we weren’t going to revisit it,” Bowers said. “Everybody has been positive this week.”

The coaching staff has been expressing the importance of mental preparations for Friday’s game

“I am hoping that on Friday night that will help us get of the chute and get something going early,” Bowers said. “We need to be able to establish something early in the game.”

Central-Hayneville enters the week 0-5 overall and are searching for their first win of the season.

“They have the caliber of athletes that area able to score whenever they touch the football,” Bowers said. “The thing we always talk about is playing our responsibilities. If we can control the ball, the clock and limit their touches I feel really good about Friday night.”

With a win the Rebels could find themselves moving up with the Class 2A Region three standings. They sit just behind New Brockton and Highland Home, who both sit at 2-1 in the region.

“For it being homecoming, there are so many outside distractions,” Bowers said. “I want our guys to be excited to play football. That has helped out atmosphere this week as things continue to build up, but if you don’t win the homecoming game on Friday night it kind of ruins it.”

Kick off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Greene Memorial Stadium.