Rebels look to rebound

Published 6:37 pm Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The Zion Chapel Rebels look to rebound from last Friday night’s blowout loss to the Goshen Eagles when they host the No. 2 Luverne Tigers on Friday.

The Rebels (1-1) won their season opener against Red Level, but had trouble keeping up with Eagles and head coach Randy Bryant wasn’t happy with how his team fought against Goshen.

“I was really disappointed with the way we played on Friday night,” said head coach Randy Bryant. “There were some individuals that continued to fight until the finish of the game; however, there were some that did not. We have been working every day instilling the will to fight to the end.”

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The Rebels missed 36 tackles last week against the Eagles. They have been concentrating this week on shrinking that number.

“We have been concentrating on fixing that issue,” Bryant said. “Again, it was an effort issue in my opinion.”

There were times when the Rebels kept up with the Eagles. The score was 6-0 in favor of the Eagles as late as the second quarter.

“It was still a football game for a very long time,” Bryant said. “We had flashes of potential, but we dropped too many balls on offense and missed too many tackles on defense.”

This week the Rebels host their second consecutive top-10 team when the second-ranked Tigers visit Greene Memorial Stadium.

The Tigers enter the game with a 2-0 record and are coming off a 48-7 win over New Brockton last Friday.

“Luverne has a great program,” Bryant said. “They have been to the playoffs every year I have been alive, 35 years. They have a great tradition and they are going to bring a great team over here. It presents an opportunity for our kids to go out and play has hard as they can and have a chance to compete against the No. 2 team in the state. To me, those are the opportunities you want as a player and as a coach.”

The Rebels offense has averaged 37 points in their first two games. The Tiger defense has allowed a total of 19 points.

“Offensively we are almost a mirror image of one another,” Bryant said. “We are both a spread team, we both like to run zone and stretch and we throw the football,” Bryant said. “They’re a team with eight seniors on defense. There are three juniors with that group and the three backups that go into the game are also juniors. They’re a heavily experienced team. They blitz and they will play some man coverage.”

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Jack.