The Chambers Academy Rebels are on a roll following their 52-32 win over Springwood School on Friday night. A season high 505 yards rushing lead to the dominant performance, the 22 yards passing however was the team’s lowest in the past three weeks. The Rebels went back to what had been their bread and butter and the results were quite impressive. “This was a great win for our kids and our program,” said head coach and Athletic Director Jason Allen. Now 4-1, the Rebels are looking to solidify their place at the top of the AISA Region 1 standings. “I think our team is in a great spot right now but we need to stay hungry and keep improving,” said Allen.
Two unanswered early touchdowns to start the game by junior running back Johntavious Flournoy and senior running back Christian Gillespie set the tone for the rest of the game as far as the Rebel offense was concerned. The later score coming courtesy of an earlier 59 yard run. Gillespie continued his torrid tear through the league with 250 yards on the ground with four scores. Flournoy finished the game with 90 yards rushing and three scores. Junior quarterback Malik Lyons made sure to join in the ground gaining fun with 165 rushing yards on 17 carries. “Our backs had a great game but the offensive line are our unsung heroes,” said the coach. The entire Rebel offensive line are set to return next season and that “unsung” tag won’t apply if the Rebel front five continues to make the holes they’re making for Lyons and the backs.
The Rebels were up 30-13 at halftime but had their lead cut to 11 before their defense put a stop to what would be a fantastic effort from Springwood running back Shykee Thomas. “Thomas had a great game,” said Allen. The junior finished the game with 275 yards and three touchdowns. The Wildcats quarterback however didn’t have as a good a night and that had a lot to do with the defensive pressure applied by the Rebel defensive line. Chandler Champion, a junior, went 4-9 for 78 yards and was sacked three times-twice by Rebel senior defensive end Jaime Brown. Brown also had eight tackles while junior defensive lineman Mateo Valdez had a team high nine tackles. The Rebels outscored the Wildcats 14-6 during the fourth quarter.
The Rebels will host Region 3A Pike Liberal Arts School (Troy, AL.) next week on Friday, October 2. “We will need to play well to have a chance but I know our kids won’t back down,” said Allen. I wouldn’t put anything past the Rebels the way they’re playing at the moment. Look out Pike.