Rebels looking for a win

Published 7:07 pm Thursday, September 20, 2018

It’s been a tough go for the Zion Chapel Rebels the last two weeks. After falling in two straight games by a combined 76 points, the Rebels look to find some magic on the road against Calhoun.

Last week’s 47-14 loss to the undefeated Luverne Tigers provided another lesson to coach Randy Bryant’s Rebels.

“I think we made some improvements,” Bryant said. “Obviously Luverne is a really good football team. They have some really good athletes and coaches. We are still trying to be one of those programs right now. It was definitely a learning experience for us.”

Sign up for our daily email newsletter

Get the latest news sent to your inbox

The Rebels’ two losses came against Goshen and Luverne, two teams that may finish first and second in region play at the end of the season.

“They are two of the top programs in our region,” Bryant said. “They provide you with an opportunity to gauge where your program is currently located. It clears up the picture for you as far as who you need to beat to make it into the playoffs.”

After noticing a lack of effort in their game against Goshen, Bryant saw his team take a step in the right direction against Luverne.

“I think we had a little step in the right direction,” Bryant said. “That’s an ongoing deal.”

This week the Rebels hit the road for the second time this season to take on the winless Calhoun Tigers.

The Tigers are still searching for their first points of the 2018 season, they have been outscored 182-0 in three games.

“They are struggling right now and have given up a lot of points,” Bryant said. “It’s an opportunity for us to compete and win a region game. You need to win region games to get into the playoffs.”

In Zion Chapel’s first road game of the season they defeated Red Level 40-33. They hope another road trip will help galvanize the program.

“We are 1-0 on the road this year; maybe we’re 2-0 after this week,” Bryant said. “It’s nice, you get a little bus trip over there to kind of clear your mind and prepare yourself mentally for the game.”

The Rebels and Tigers will kick off at 7 p.m. at Samuel Bruce stadium in Letohatchee.