Back home: Rebels shoot for best start since 2012

Published 6:43 pm Wednesday, September 26, 2018

The Zion Chapel Rebels return home Friday night to take on the Kinston Bulldogs in Jack.

With a 46-6 win over Calhoun last Friday night, the Rebels reached the .500 mark with a 2-2 record for the just the seventh time in school history. A win on Friday would give them their first winning record past week two since the 2012 season, when they started 4-3.

“Anytime you build something you have to lay a foundation; brick by brick, you are just trying to build something,” said head coach Randy Bryant. “We are trying to build a solid program. Those little accomplishments are big.”

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All season long, Bryant has talked with his players about small things making big things. With four games under their belt, their 2-2 start is starting to build confidence.

“I have been talking a lot with them about being .500,” Bryant said. “We’re trying to get to 3-2 this week. We talk about being 1-0 every week. We just keep trying to build every day.”

There wasn’t much the Rebels did wrong in last week’s win, but there were still teachable moments for coach Bryant.

“We did a lot of things well,” Bryant said. “You take away four plays in that game and we all would be really excited. As coaches, we always have to find something to nitpick on. I felt like we did good in all phases of the game.”

The one thing that troubled Bryant was turnovers, one of which that eventually led to Calhoun’s only touchdown of the game.

“That was the biggest disappointment,” Bryant said.

This week the Rebels return home in search of their first win inside the friendly confines of Greene Memorial Stadium – the rebels are a perfect 2-0 on the road.

“We need to win one at home,” Bryant said. “We have won both of our games on the road and lost both of them at home. It would be nice to get a home win in front of the home crowd. We’re very excited to be back and we are hoping for a good game.”

The Bulldogs come to Jack in search of their first win after they fell 41-40 last week against Red Level.

The Bulldogs have averaged 16 points per game through the first four games of the season. The Bulldogs main threat may be quarterback Austin Calhoun.

“He is an all-world type player,” Bryant said. “He’s really good. They are a good football team. Just because they are 0-4 doesn’t mean they are not a good football team. It’s a challenge to have them coming here Friday night.”

The Bulldogs will feature a spread offensive attack, and Calhoun will be a threat both throwing and running the football.

“He’s really fast, but he can throw the ball really well too,” Bryant said. “He is a true dual-threat player. He is very good at running the football and he is really good at throwing the football.”

The Rebels lost to Kinston a season ago 56-22.

Kick is scheduled for 7 p.m.