By Ashley Rodgers Oliver
Senior Quarterback, Malik Lyons, was predicted pre-season to have a great year. If his performance Friday night in the 47-0 season opening win over Coosa Valley is any indication then the pre-season predictions were spot on. Lyons rushed for 154 yards on 8 carries and scored 4 touchdowns for the Rebels. Lyons didn’t do it alone though. The Rebel’s offensive line consisting of Trent Dodgen, Mateo Valdez, Alston Knox, Brinson Sheffield and Trey Waldrop did a fine job of stopping Coosa Valley›s defense.
Early in the 1st quarter Lyons scored the first touchdown of the game. The two point conversion, also completed by Lyons, was successful. Lyons would strike again in the 2nd on a 65 yard run. Brock Ennis scored 2 more on the 2 point conversion bringing the score to 16-0. C.J. Lyons was the next to score on a 24 yard run. Jontavious Flournoy scored on the 2 point conversion. An interception made by senior, Trent Potts, late in the 2nd quarter set Malik Lyons up for another touchdown. C.J. Lyons made good on the 2 point conversion.
Malik Lyons scored again in the 3rd with a successful field goal attempt by Kaine Thomas bringing the score to 39-0. Jordan Gillespie scored the final touchdown in the 4th quarter with Blake Sheppard completing the 2 point conversion for a final score 47-0.
Leading the Rebels on Defense were Brock Ennis with 10 tackles, Mateo Valdez with 9 tackles and Jontavious Flournoy with 7 tackles. Hayden Thompson, Colby Boone and Matthew Keebler each had 5 tackles in the win.
Head Coach Jason Allen had a lot to say about his Rebels. «I thought this was an overall good performance for our team for the first time out. We got a solid win and everybody got to play which is always a positive. I was particularily impressed with the way we played defense. We were solid in our run fits and controlled the line of scrimmage. It was a very humid night and we rotated a lot of guys on that side of the ball and it really paid dividends as the game progressed.
Offensively, we moved the ball well all night and I was impressed with the improvement in our passing game. I was not happy with putting the ball on the ground, however, and we had too many foolish penalities. We will have to clean up the turnovers and penalties if we want to be the kind of team we would like to be».
Chambers will face 2A Lakeside School Friday on Torbert Field begining at 7:00. Allen says the team is excited about playing their 1st home game of the season in front of Rebel fans. “Lakeside is a big school that has traditionally had good skilled players.
Their quarterback is a good runner and passer, so we will work hard this week on a gameplan to contain him.”
photo by Ashley Rodgers Oliver