It couldn’t have gone any better for the Chambers Academy Rebels on Friday night. They picked up their second consecutive win of the season in a 62-27 route of Meadowview Christian here in LaFayette. It was a game that CA took control of right away and never looked back as they earned their first back-to-back wins since 2011.
The Rebels’ 62 points was tied for the third most scored in school history, equaling a total in 1999 against South Montgomery and trailing a 63 points game in 1988 against American Christian and the 71 points school record set in 1997 against Lakeside School. Oddly enough, CA Coach Jason Allen has been a part of all those games. He was a player for Chambers in “88, an assistant coach in ’97 and was in his second season as Rebels head coach in ‘99.
“I think we improved this week as a team,” Allen said about the win. “But sometimes it is hard to tell in such a lopsided game. The timing of our offense is starting to get better and the kids are grasping the concepts better.”
The lopsided win also served as a bit of payback for the Rebels, who were blasted by the Trojans 67-7 last season. That may have served as motivation for CA’s fast start in which they jumped out to a 34-0 lead in the first 12 minutes of the contest. “The kids started out strong and played with more intensity and aggression,” Allen said.
The game got out of hand quickly and by the second quarter, the Rebels had let off the gas. They still managed to accumulate 445 yards of total offense, including 336 on the ground. The offensive leaders for CA were Corey Bolt, who again led the Rebels with 113 yards rushing and two touchdowns, quarterback Cord Dodgen, who threw for 86 yards and two touchdowns and Quadarius Tinsley, who rushed for a score, caught a TD pass and ran a punt back for a score.
As the Rebels offense continues to progress, Allen has also seen improvements from his defense. “I saw a lot of gang tackling and silver hats around the football,” he said. “Our defensive line is starting to play more aggressively and are disrupting things. Jeremy Holliday, Austin Hudmon, Earnest Swanson, Tyler Williams and Austin Harmon make up our defensive line and they are really improving.”
Bolt led the defensive unit with six tackles, while both Colton Hand and Matthew Keebler finished with five tackles each.
The Rebels improved to 2-2-1 (1-1) on the season with win and will look to keep that momentum as they take a long road trip to Evergreen to face Sparta Academy (1-3) on Friday night. It’s another 1A foe for CA, but like the Meadowview contest it’s not a region game.
“We’ll need a good week of practice this week and go down there ready to play,” Allen says. “They don’t have a great record, but they have played some really good teams.”
Sparta’s losses have come at the hands of 2A Lowndes, 3A Escambia and No. 4 Pickens Academy. Their lone win came against Sumter Academy in week four of the season.
“We will have our work cut out for us,” Allen added.
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