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Gillespie leads Rebels to Homecoming victory


CA FootballDonnell Suggs
Sports Editor

Photos by Jody Stewart

The Crenshaw Christian Academy Cougars drew even with the Chambers Academy Rebels 7-7 during the fourth quarter of their game on Friday night. The problem with that was they were losing 28-0 going into that period. Chambers Academy beat the Cougars 35-7 to move to 5-2 on the season with three more regular season games to play.

Running back Christian Gillespie scored four of the five Rebel touchdowns to go along with his 205 yards on 15 carries. That put the senior at 1,165 rushing yards for the season. He also managed to have an interception and eight tackles in the game. Junior quarterback Malik Lyons had 100 yards rushing in the game and is himself 34 yards away from a 1,000 yard rushing season. Their coach is impressed with both the runners and their blockers, “Both are great accomplishments and are a testament to our offensive line,” said Rebels head coach and school Athletic Director Jason Allen speaking of Brinson Sheffield, Mateo Valdez, Reilly Birditt, Trent Dodgen, Trey Waldrop, Jaime Brown and Justin Smith.

CA Football2The Rebels were ahead 21-0 at halftime before finishing the game with 332 rushing yards and two fumbles. The turnovers are what concerns the coaching staff despite winning by a large margin. “I think there are still a lot of areas we can get better,” said Allen. Jontavious Flournoy, a junior, carried the ball six times for 27 yards and had eight tackles on defense.

The Rebels will travel to South Montgomery County Academy in Grady, Al. on Friday night. Though the Raiders are winless they still are showing up on Allen’s radar. The Raiders have lost their past three games by an average of 30 points. “[They] are a much improved team over last season so our guys will need to be ready,” he said.

Junior Varsity:

The Rebels JV side defeated Lakeside 36-22 at home on Tuesday, October 6. The Rebels went up 30-6 at the half. Both Hayden Harris (155) and CJ Lyons (140) had over 100 yards rushing in the game. Harris scored four touchdowns and had seven tackles on defense. Braxton Allen lead all defenders with nine tackles, Logan Broome had the game’s only interception.

“Defensively our guys lined up and played their leverage much better and our tackling was improved over the last [game],” said head JV and varsity coach Jason Allen.

The Rebels will next host Springwood on Tuesday, October 13.