The Chambers Academy Rebels are currently comfortably in second place in the AISA Region 1 standings following Friday’s 41-14 victory over visiting South Montgomery County Academy (0-3 region, 0-7 overall). With the regional season finished the Rebels will host their first round playoff game in a few weeks. Making the win over SMCA on Friday even more important for the big picture. Rebel coach Jason Allen and his coaching staff approached this past game like a playoff game and the team responded early and often. “We were the better team but you have to come out and execute,” said Allen. Our guys came out and took care of business.”
The Rebels opened the first quarter with a 22 point onslaught that went unanswered until well into the second quarter. By that time they were ahead 35-6 at the half. The rebels would manage to score only six points for the rest of the contest having put in backups on both offense and defense, the Raiders still only managed eight points of offense. An overall dominant performance for the Rebels who were lead in rushing by senior back Christian Gillespie with 163 yards on 15 carries. Junior quarterback Malik Lyons threw for 33 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for 118 yards. Gillespie and Lyons both scored two touchdowns, junior back Jontavious Flournoy caught a touchdown pass from Lyons and ran for 66 of Chambers Academy’s 378 rushing yards.
With two more games to play there have been some individual milestones met by both Gillespie and Lyons, respectively. Gillespie has run for over 1,300 yards (1,328 total) while Lyons broke the 1,000 yard mark (1,084) this season. The pair is state’s only 1,000 yard duo within any region or class. Having accomplished this feat twice before through ten games, Coach Allen was impressed with the current version of his team’s rushing attack, “Not sure we’ve ever done it after eight games though,” said Allen over the phone a few days after the game.
The Rebel defense was no slouch against SMCA either with Braxton Allen recording 10 tackles, Mateo Valdez nine, freshman CJ Lyons seven and Colby Boone getting the team’s sole sack to go along with five tackles. Gillespie had nine tackles.
The goal of a playoff home opener met, the Rebels are looking to finish the season a good note according to Coach Allen. “We need to finish up the season strongly and continue to improve.”
Chambers Academy will next host Southwest Georgia Academy on Friday. The Warriors are coming off of an impressive 36-30 win over Flint River Academy and are in first place in GISA Region 3AA. Coach Allen and his staff know they won’t be a pushover. “[They] have a really good team and will be a real test for our team,” said Allen. I don’t know a whole lot about them except for what I’ve seen on film but we are looking forward to the game.” If SWGA coaching staff did their homework they know that they’re in for quite a test too.