The Chambers Rebels finally answered the calls of their coach to play a more physical game. And like Coach Jason Allen said, it led them to a win.
Chambers bounced back from two straight losses to open the season and picked up their first win of the season 28-11 on Friday night against Ashford Academy here in LaFayette. The Rebels improved to 1-2-1 on the season but more importantly evened up their Region 1 record at 1-1.
“We played with a more physical edge, both defensively and offensively,” Allen said. “We had more people around the ball, more gang tackling and more intensity on defense. And we ran the ball hard and really opened up our offense.”
It was that offense that set the pace for Chambers, scoring in every quarter and nearly equaling their points total through the three previous games (29). That surge came as a result of the Rebels progressing in Allen’s system. “We went no huddle and tried to gas them a little and take advantage of that,” he said. “The kids really enjoyed it and we got in sync there a little bit. We’re starting to find our identity now.”
Chambers’ ground attack was punishing as the Rebels piled up 326 yards on 42 attempts. Corey Bolt bruised his way to 162 yards on 24 carries with one score, while Quadarius Tinsley’s three touchdowns came on a day when he rushed 13 times for 79 yards.
Quarterback Cord Dodgen threw for 42 yards, completing two-of-six pass attempts. Tae Henry caught one of those passes for 32 yards and Bolt had the other for 10 yards.
It was the Rebels first full game without senior lineman and linebacker Zac Slay who was lost last week, likely for the season, with a leg injury. And though he was on crutches on the sideline, he still provided a boost. “We rallied around him,” Allen said, “and we played that game for him.”
With the first win now in the book, Allen and the Rebels plan to do what they can to get a winning streak going and the next step comes this week when Meadowview comes to town Friday night. They will have a good chance to do so against a struggling Trojan team that has started the season 0-3 including a 13-12 loss to Eastwood Memorial last week. Those 12 points are the only points Meadowview has scored this year.
Allen isn’t as concerned about the Trojan’s problems as he is about his team in general. For him, the key this week, just like every other week, is to get better. “This week we’re looking for improvement,” he says. “We still pretty early in this whole process of changing offenses, so it’s going to take some time.”
There is a revenge factor in this game as Meadowview pounded the Rebels 67-7 last year in Selma and the Trojans have won seven of the nine meetings between the two teams.
Allen and his Rebels will try to add one to their side of the win column this Friday here at Tolbert Field. Kickoff is set for 7 pm CST.
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