Zion Chapel falls in region matchup

Published 12:11 am Saturday, October 17, 2015

The Zion Chapel Rebels played a tight first half but let the game slip away in the second half Friday, falling to the Luverne Tigers 41-10 in a key region game.

The Rebels (2-4 2-6) played the Tigers tight in the first half and entered the locker room tied 7. The Rebels tired in the second half and just couldn’t get anything going offensively.

“We just ran out of steam,” said Rebels head coach Bradley Bowers. “We moved the ball fairly well in the second half. There was a stretch in the second half where they scored 21 points very quickly.”

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The Rebels entered this week’s game with a different schedule. After playing last Thursday the Rebels did not practice again until Monday, which gave them three days to rest. Even with the lopsided score coach Bowers believes at times his team may have played their best game of the season.

“It sounds crazy, but during the first half it was the best game we have played,” Bowers said. “We had moments in the second half. I told you before we had yet to play our best game. In the first half we played as good as we have played all year long. We just have to be more consistent so we can play that way for four quarters.”

The running game which has been a success story all year long for the Rebels helped out once again in the first half when Justin Mobley was able to get the ball in the end zone for the Rebels only touchdown of the night.

Mobley finished with a team high 107 rush yards on 22 carries on the night. Daniel Peoples joined the party by once again going over the century mark with a 103 yards on the evening.

The Rebels were able to get a field goal to early in the second half but a stretch of 21 quick unanswered points by the Tigers put the game out of reach for the Rebels.

The Rebels have flirted with success more regularly the last few weeks but come up short on putting a complete game together.

“We have some kids on both sides of the ball,” Bowers said.

“Tonight we started four freshman on defense and at one point we had five of them on the field.”

The Rebels will try to get back in the win column next week when they return home to battle the rival Goshen Eagles at Greene Memorial Stadium.

Kick off is schedule for 7 p.m.