Rebels hit the road to take on Luverne

Published 3:00 am Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Zion Chapel Rebels are looking for consistency this Friday night when they take on region foe Luverne.

The Rebels enter the game at 1-2 and head coach Bubba Nall wants his team to get that “signature win.”

“We need to find a sense of consistency and a belief in what we are doing,” Nall said. “When you are struggling a little bit everyone has an answer… at the end of the day it’s about 11 individual battles. We need to start winning some of those battles.”

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The Rebels play in one of the tougher regions in the state. Elba, Goshen, New Brockton and Luverne have a combined record of 10-2 this season and both Elba and New Brockton are ranked in the top 10.

“We have to find an edge,” Nall said. “That edge has to be us playing harder. New Brockton, Elba, Luverne – who has been to the playoffs for 33 years – they have athletes, size, speed and consistency in the coaching staff. We are trying to overcome all of that. We are trying to find the silver lining in everything.

“Somewhere we need to upset one of these teams and get a signature win.”

The Tigers are 2-1, having defeated Highland Home and St. Lukes before falling to the undefeated Goshen Eagles last week.

The Rebels will be tasked with stopping a run game that posted a total of 143 yards against Goshen. Nall believes the Rebels can rise to the task. “If you run at our kids, we are pretty good tacklers,” Nall said. “Our problem is tackling great athletes in space. The biggest problem we need to overcome is being able to tackle in space. If we can do that and move the ball on offense, that will give us a better chance to be successful.”

The Rebels are 0-4 all time against the Tigers. They lost year 41-10, but trailed by only 7 at the half.

“It’s going to be a tall order at Luverne,” Nall said. “We are going to go up there and play and let the chips fall where they may and we will see what happens. Our kids are excited about playing Luverne. We are trying to build on a half of football from last year and a quarter from last week and let them see that we are capable of playing these people.”

Kick off is 7 p.m. at Glenn Daniel Stadium in Luverne.