Rebels come up short

Published 3:00 am Saturday, October 29, 2016

The Zion Chapel Rebels ended their season Friday night with a 34-7 loss to Pleasant Home.

With the chance of doubling their win total from a year ago, The Rebels (3-7) struggled to contain the strong running game of the Eagles.

“It’s a line of scrimmage game,” said Zion Chapel head coach Bubba Nall. “We got beat up front on both sides of the ball.”

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The Rebels kept things close in the first half and cut their deficit to 14-7 when Blake Cobb had a 55-yard run.

The seven-point deficit was as close as the Rebels would get all night. The Eagles scored one more touchdown on a screen pass to close out the first half and then another in the second half to secure the 34-7 win.

“They scored with eight seconds to go in the half and that kind of broke our backs,” Nall said. “I thought if we could get in at halftime trailing 14-7 we could make adjustments and get back out there and play.”

The Rebels finished the game 169 total yards in their final game of the season.

The goal for the Rebels was to get better this season and even with the loss they finished with one more win than they did a year ago and to coach Nall, that is progress.

“We won one more game than we did last year,” Nall said. “That is good for our program. I am thankful for our parents, our administrations, our band and our students. We did some things that got our program heading into a better direction.”

With one year under his belt, Nall believes his team still has a lot of work to do to become the program that everyone wants.

“We have a lot of work to do,” Nall said. “I have to understand that we have to get off the ground and learn how to crawl before we can walk. We will get in the weight room and get our guys as strong as we can and become more physical.”