Rebels fall to New Brockton

Published 3:00 am Saturday, September 10, 2016

Zion Chapel had no answer for Jahari Brown as New Brockton rolled past the Rebels 41-0 Friday night at Greene Memorial Stadium in Jack.

Brown racked up more than 200 yards in the first half, with most coming on a trio of long touchdown runs.

The rebel defense drop Brown for a six-yard loss on his first carry of the game. However, Brown would respond with scoring romps of 23, 90 and 78 yards. The new Brockton running back also reeled in a 25-yard pass that setup the Gamecocks 3rd score in the second quarter.

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Zion Chapel head coach Bubba Nall give credit where credit was due following Brown’s big night.

“It’s frustrating trying to keep him contained,” Nall said. “He glides back and forth, picks up his blocks and finds holes. He is a great athlete. My hat’s off to him.”

Brown’s coach, New Brockton head man Justin Jones, said he deserved a night like Friday.

“He’s been making plays since we made eye contact when I got here,” Jones said. “He works hard. His work ethic is getting better. We need keep him healthy and keep giving him the opportunity to help us be successful.”

While the score on the board didn’t show it, the Rebels played No. 10-ranked Gamecocks well early on. Zion forced New Brockton to a three-and-out on its first series of night

Immediately following the defensive stop, Zion Chapel marched eight plays before turning the ball over on an interception.

Brown and the Gamecocks needed only three plays to find paydirt, get an early and never looked back.

However, Nall saw flashes of good things that he feels his staff can build on for the future.

“We haven’t made a first down on these guys in a couple of years, and tonight in the first quarter we picked up two or three,” Nall said. “We were down 7-0 in the first quarter, and then their athletes broke loose and showed why they are a top 10 team. We will learn from this.”

Late in the third quarter, Zion Chapel marched 58 yards to the New Brockton 5-yard line. The drive was aided by a long 31-yard rumble by Codi Drivas.

But it wasn’t meant to be, as ZC fumbled inside the five and New Brockton recovered.

Nall knows the good fortune will come if the Rebels continue to put in the hard work, day in and day out.

“Rome wasn’t built in a day,” Nall said, referencing the rebuilding of the Rebel program. “We laid a block last week. We laid another one this week. Hopefully by the end of the year, we can lay enough blocks to build a good foundation on and keep moving forward.”

The Rebels travel to Luverne next Friday. The game is set for a 7 p.m. from Glenn Daniel Stadium in Luverne.