Rebels shoot for winning record

Published 6:28 pm Wednesday, October 23, 2019

The Zion Chapel Rebels return home to take on the New Brockton Gamecocks in the regional finale on Friday night in Jack.

The Rebels enter the contest with an even 4-4 record on the season and they find themselves with a region mark of 2-4.

The Rebels will take on a New Brockton team that is 3-5 overall and 2-3 in region play.

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“It’s a big game this week,” head coach Randy Bryant said. “We played Kinston, another county school, and if we beat New Brockton back in the day, they used to call that county champs. This game is big on several levels. Obviously, winning a region game and beating a county rival is really big.”

With just two games remaining and the Eagles 4-4 on the season, the Rebels have something else to shoot for. They are hoping to finish out the season with a winning record for the first time since the 2011 season when they finished the season with an 8-3 record and a trip to the playoffs. To accomplish the feat, the Rebels will need to close out the year with wins over New Brockton this week and Pleasant Home in the season finale next week.

“We went from 2-8 to 5-5,” Bryant said. “We talked to our kids about winning six-plus games. That means having a winning record. I think it would be a big stride for our program, having a winning record. It’s one of those goals that are out there for us. We just have to do our part as a team.”

The Gamecocks are coming off a 35-28 loss to Highland Home last Friday night, but they have won three out of their last five games.

“Offensively they are going to try to run the ball,” Bryant said. “They are going to have a tight end and an H-back. They’re main objective is to run the football. Defensively, they’re going to do a lot of different things. Their coaches do a good job at scheming everything up. Defensively, they present a lot of different things.”

Zion Chapel’s final two opponents have a combined record of 5-11. The Rebels fell to New Brockton last season 48-6. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.