Rebels to host New Brockton

Published 3:00 am Thursday, September 8, 2016

Riding high after a 41-26 win over Central Hayneville, the Zion Chapel Rebels host No. 10 New Brockton this Friday.

“When you trying to build something from the ground up you try to ride any momentum that you can get,” said Rebels head coach Bubba Nall. “We have a top ten football team coming in here on Friday night. We are going to have to be at our very best.”

The Rebels (1-1) could win back-to-back games for the first time since 2012.

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“If we were to beat New Brockton, and it can be done, you instantly get some credibility,” Nall said. “For us the small battle is ‘let’s win the first quarter and let’s try to move the ball with some consistency’ and we’ll see where we are at.”

The Gamecocks (1-1) beat Georgiana 34-20 in week one then lost 28-14 to top-ranked Elba last week.

“Coach (Justin) Jones and his staff do a tremendous job,” Nall said. “They have some got some skilled guys that are as good as I have seen. They are hard to tackle in space. It’s hard to tackle guys like that in a telephone booth, let alone out on a field.”

The Rebels’ lack of athleticism could prove challenging. “We are not very athletic team right now and athletic teams give us a fit when tackling out in space,” Nall said.

However, Zion Chapel does have momentum after last week’s offensive performance. “When you run what we are running on offense sometimes it takes a week or two before the light comes on,” Nall said. “Generally when it comes on it gets brighter and brighter.”

Even so, Nall is cautious about the New Brockton defense. “A lot of what goes on this week may not have anything to do with our offense as much as it has to do with New Brockton’s defense,” Nall said. “You’re looking at a very good football team. I hope our offense can move the ball, and I hope our defense will continue to play hard.”

The Gamecocks and the Rebels will kick off at 7 p.m. Friday at Greene Memorial Stadium.

“I hope we can come out and play with these guys,” Nall said. “Win, lose or draw, at the end of the night I hope that we are better then we were when we started. If we do that, that is putting another block down on this thing that we are trying to build.”