The saying goes that third times a charm. In the case of the Chambers Academy Rebels and their vie for a state championship let’s hope that saying is true. This is the third year running that the Rebels have made the trip to Troy. Last year the Rebels fell to Marengo by one point in a heartbreaking loss. This year the Rebels will face the Patrician Saints for the title.
To get to state the Rebels had to face a very determined Abbeville team last Friday night. Although the Rebels won by a score of 14-6, it was obvious the Generals had come to win and, did in fact, have a few tricks up their sleeves. The Abbeville team that faced the Rebels on Torbert Field was not the same team that the Rebels played earlier in the season. The Rebels faced a tough defensive line. Matthew Keebler was put to the test gaining 110 yards on 26 carries. CJ Lyons also ran the ball 19 times for a total of 102 yards scoring one touchdown for the Rebels.
Blake Sheppard was 1 for 2 passing for a 17 yard touchdown to Gavin White. Defensively, Braxton Allen, led in tackles with 11 solo. CJ Lyons had 7 tackles and an interception. Jake Waldrop and Hayden Harris each had 5 tackles. Logan Broome and Hunter Davis each logged 4. Davis also had a quarterback sack. Dijon Darden and Colton Hand each had 3 tackles with Hand catching an interception. Nate Sheppard also had an interception. Jordan Gillespie, back after an injury, had a quarterback sack in the win. Coach Jason Allen stated “What a great atmosphere for a semifinal ballgame. Both teams played their hearts out and fortunately we came out on top. We had our backs against the wall time and time again and held strong. I was really proud of how adversity. For the first time all year we struggled offensively but we played lights out on defense against a very talented and explosive offense. It’s a great feeling to be playing for a championship for the third straight year. We expected to be here all along but now we’ve got to finish the deal. It has been a remarkable season and I’m really proud of what we have accomplished so far but we’re not finished yet. We’ve got some unfinished business. To do that we’ve got to go through a seasoned Patrician team We have been here before so we know what to expect. We will prepare well and be ready Friday”.
The state championship kickoff is scheduled for 12:00 noon on Friday, November 17th, at Troy State University. Tickets may be purchased