Friday night the Chambers Academy Rebels defeated Marengo Academy by a score of 43-0 in the 1st round of the AISA state playoffs. The game had long been anticipated by players and coaching staff of last year’s Rebel team who suffered a one point loss at state against the Longhorns. Justice was served on Torbert Field Friday night. It was a beautifully executed ballgame with every player on the team seeing playing time. If you missed the game you missed much more than just touchdowns and field goals; you missed what it’s like to truly be a Rebel.
Rebel fans have always had heart. Just show up to ANY away ballgame, no matter the distance, and you’ll see the huge number of Rebel fans that travel to support the team. Sometimes Rebel fans outnumber those of the home team. Friday night the stands were packed at CA. People were cheering, laughing and proud to be a Chambers Rebel. It was hard not to get into the spirit with CA’s massive cheer squad leading the cheers from the sidelines. Both JV and Varsity squads teamed up for this playoff game. Looking through social media on Saturday morning I saw many positive comments from players, students, parents and alumni. The truth is no matter where life takes you there will always be a Rebel spirit in the hearts of those who have ever had an affiliation with Chambers Academy. The comments I saw from alumni sang the praises of “my team and my school”. Even on the sidelines there were former players and coaches who came to lend support and encouragement to this year’s Rebel team. It was fitting that Friday of all nights, longtime Rebel supporter, John Crowder, was recognized at halftime for his many years of service to CA. The environment screamed Rebel spirit; everyone had it and it was contagious.
CJ Lyons was on fire, as he usually is, running for 107 yards on 6 carries; scoring 3 Rebel touchdowns. Matthew Keebler had 169 yards on 11 carries and also scored a touchdown. Hunter Davis and Hayden Harris each scored touchdowns for the Rebels too. Quarterback, Blake Sheppard, was 2 for 5 with 37 yards passing. Defensively, Braxton Allen had 19 solo tackles and a quarterback sack for a team high and personal best. Dijon Darden had an impressive 10 solo tackles with Hayden Harris following with 7 of his own. Head Coach Jason Allen has enjoyed watching his offensive line improve week after week. “Offensively we really asserted our will as the offensive line was just downright nasty. I think we are really getting up front and giving our backs massive running lanes. Friday’s win was a complete team victory and one of our more complete performances of the year. I was proud of how we rallied to the ball and played very physical on defense”.
Friday night’s win advances the Rebels to round 2 with another home field advantage. The opponent with be a familiar foe in the Abbeville Generals. The Rebels have already faced and defeated them once this year in the regular season. Does Abbeville have a new bag of tricks they plan to use against the Rebels or will we see a repeat from the previous matchup? One thing for certain is Abbeville will not go down without a fight and will be more than prepared for the second meeting with the Rebels.
Second round play is scheduled for this Friday, November 10th with kickoff at 7:00 pm on Torbert Field. Make plans to attend, not only to support this year’s Rebel team, but to share in the spirit that is a part of every Rebel’s heart.