Chambers boys open with wins over Hooper, Abbeville

Expectations are high for the Chambers Academy boys varsity team this year, and the Rebels didn’t disappoint as they opened the 2013-14 season last week. The Rebels picked up two impressive wins over 3A Hooper and area foe Abbeville and showed that they may put up a lot of wins.

The Rebels scored with relative ease in both games, controlled the boards and showed they have depth. Nine different players scored in the two wins, though none was more efficient than senior Quadarius Tinsley. Tinsley scored 42 points last week, and in both wins led the team in scoring.

In the opener at Hooper, it took the Rebels a while to get comfortable, but a strong defensive effort and efficiency at the free throw line carried them to the 64-52 win.

The game was tight in the first half. After a 10-10 score to end the first, the Rebels finally got a two-point edge at the break. They increased the lead to five after the half, and then erupted for 24 points over the final quarter to seal the win.

In the game CA collected 14 steals; they grabbed 39 rebounds, including 13 on the offensive side. Tinsley scored 24 in the win, 20 of which came in the second half. He also helped ice the game by draining nine-of-nine free throws in the fourth quarter and finished a perfect 10-for-10 for the game.

Jay Tinsley was a major part of the fourth quarter run, scoring 11 of his 19 points over the final eight minutes of the game. He sank 8-of-9 free throws during the win.

Tae Henry, Demetrius Lemon and Corey Bolt each chipped in six points. Lemon grabbed a team-high nine rebounds, while Henry had six rebounds and Bolt had three steals. Cord Dodgen added three points as well for CA.

Against Abbeville, the Rebels asserted their dominance in the first half. The General kept up for a while, trailing 24-18 after one. But in the second, CA erupted on a 19-0 run and Abbeville never recovered.

Heading into the third quarter, the Rebel lead was 62-29 and they would close out with a 70-33 win. They out-rebounded the Generals 61-28 and had three players in double digits.

Quadarius Tinsley scored 11 points in the first quarter, and finished with a team-high 18. Dodgen scored 11 of his 15 points in the first half and Bolt finished with 12 points. Henry had four points and a game-high 11 rebounds, while Jay Tinsley had seven points and nine rebounds. Lemon scored four and grabbed seven rebounds and Jeremy Holliday finished with three points and seven rebounds. Jamie Brown had four points in the win, and Ben Wilkerson scored three.

The Rebels were set to participate in the South Montgomery County Academy Tournament on Monday and Tuesday of this week, and those games will be covered next week.
CA returns to the court after the Thanksgiving holiday on Monday, Dec. 2 with their home opener against Coosa Valley. They stay in LaFayette on Tuesday for another area game, this time against Lakeside. Their game next Saturday against Springwood has been moved to a date later in the season.

November 26, 2013 | Posted in: Prep, Sports | Comments Closed

Basketball tips off locally this week

Basketball season tipped off this week in LaFayette, with Chambers Academy hitting the hardwood first on Monday night. The Rebels have another game Thursday while LaFayette High opens next Tuesday.

All four Chambers teams traveled to 3A Hooper Academy on Monday. The boys were the lone victors for the Rebels on the night. They defeated Hooper 64-52. The varsity girls fell 62-54, the junior high boys were defeated 37-21 and the junior high girls lost 37-26. Those games will be covered in next week’s edition.

CA is set to travel to Abbeville on Thursday, with all four teams in action. The varsity teams will both compete in the South Montgomery County Academy Tournament on Monday and Tuesday of next week, and the Rebels first home contest is set for Monday, Dec. 2 against Coosa Valley. Chambers has seven games on the schedule before the Christmas break, along with two tournaments.

All three LaFayette High teams will be in action for the season opener at home against Booker T. Washington High School on Nov. 26.

The varsity boys will then host the annual Tip-Off Tournament on Nov. 27 and 29. The Bulldogs will welcome Valley, Notasulga and Sacred Heart Catholic School for the tournament. Valley and Sacred Heart will play in the first game at 6 pm CST on Wednesday and LaFayette and Notasulga will close the evening. The two losing teams will play in the consolation game on Friday at 6 pm and the championship will begin at 7:30 pm.

LHS has two more home games, against Horseshoe Bend on Dec. 3 and Valley on Dec. 7, before they play their first road game on Dec. 10 against Randolph County. Both Randolph County and Horseshoe Bend are region games for the Bulldogs.

LaFayette has seven regular season games on the schedule before the Christmas break, as well as two tournaments.

Chambers Academy well represented in AISA All-Star game

Five Chambers Academy seniors will represent the school in the AISA All-Star football game on Dec. 6 in Montgomery. Corey Bolt (back left) and Quadarius Tinsley will play on the East team in the game, while, from left, Heather Blackburn, Lindsey Ison and Jordan Brown will cheer for the team.

Five Chambers Academy seniors will represent the school in the AISA All-Star football game on Dec. 6 in Montgomery. Corey Bolt (back left) and Quadarius Tinsley will play on the East team in the game, while, from left, Heather Blackburn, Lindsey Ison and Jordan Brown will cheer for the team.

Two Chambers Academy football players and three cheerleaders will represent the school in the annual AISA East-West All-Star football game on December 6 in Montgomery.

Corey Bolt and Quadarius Tinsley will take the field for the East squad in the all-classification game, while Heather Blackburn, Lindsey Ison and Jordan Brown will cheer for the team.

All-stars are chosen from eligible seniors in classes 1A through 3A to form the teams, which are made up of 44 members each.

Bolt and Tinsley both played critical roles in leading Chambers to a playoff berth this season, as the Rebels finished with a 5-6 record and were fourth in Class 1A Region 1. The Rebels were defeated in the first round by No. 4 ranked Marengo Academy, who will play for the state title this week.

Bolt was the central figure in CA’s powerful rushing attack. He led the team by accumulating 1,238 yards on the year on 199 carries with an average of 6.2 yards per carry. He recorded six 100-plus yard games and scored 11 rushing touchdowns. Bolt also caught six passes for 65 yards.

Tinsley was a dangerous athlete in all three phases of the game for the Rebels, accounting for a total of 14 touchdowns. He ran for 423 yards on 82 carries, averaging 5.2 yards per carry. He caught 14 passes for 349 yards, averaging 24.9 yards per catch. He rushed for five touchdowns and caught six. He also returned two punts for scores and had one interception returned for a touchdown.

Bolt is listed as a fullback and linebacker on the all-star roster while Tinsley is listed as a wide receiver and defensive back. Both Rebels could see time on both offense and defense.

The all-star game will be played at the Crampton Bowl in Montgomery on December 6 at 7 pm CST.

Rebels eliminated in first round by Marengo

Corey Bolt shakes off a Marengo defender as he runs for yardage in the Rebels first round playoff game Friday night.

Corey Bolt shakes off a Marengo defender as he runs for yardage in the Rebels first round playoff game Friday night.

LINDEN – Whether or not it’s accurate, coaches, players and fans tend to gauge the skill of a team based on how they play common opponents. It’s a flawed system, but many times it provides at least some sort of estimate about how teams stack up against each other.

Chambers Academy didn’t have that luxury in the first round of the AISA 1A playoffs. Their opponent, No. 4 Marengo Academy, was viewed as one of the best in the state. They were undefeated and had won each game convincingly, but their level of competition wasn’t quite up to par.

Coach Jason Allen knew the Longhorns looked good on film, but he didn’t know just how good.

He and the Rebels found out how good they were on Friday night.

From the opening kickoff Marengo controlled the contest. The Longhorns were fast, aggressive and hit harder than perhaps any team CA had faced all season. Chambers didn’t underestimate their opponent; they simply just couldn’t keep up with them. And when it was over, the Rebels turnaround season ended with a 51-14 loss.

“Marengo was a very good team,” Allen said. “They were physical on both sides of the ball and really took it to us. They will contend for the state championship.

“I was proud that our guys hung in there for four quarters and continued to fight. We simply just got beat by a better team.”

On a cold night in west Alabama, it all happened fast. Marengo forced a turnover on downs on the Rebels first possession. Then moments later raced 40 yards for a touchdown for a 7-0 lead three minutes into the game.

Chambers punted on the ensuing possession, and the Longhorns promptly drove down the field. They found the endzone again with 4:20 left in the first quarter on a three-yard run to take a 13-0 lead after a failed extra point kick.

Chambers was forced into a fourth and 20 situation and again elected to punt on the next drive. Marengo then took a 19-0 lead on another short touchdown run with 1:06 left in the quarter.

A reeling CA squad then made their first big mistake of the game, fumbling the kickoff and giving the Longhorns excellent field position. Marengo committed a penalty on their first play of the drive but it didn’t matter as they raced for a 36-yard touchdown and a 26-0 lead with 50 seconds left in the first.

The Rebels finally found a little life on their ensuing possession. They marched down the field, spurred by a big fourth down run by Corey Bolt, to move into Longhorn territory. The drive would eventually stall and CA elected to kick a field goal. But sensing their dire situation, the Rebels went for the fake. Unfortunately a pass fell incomplete and Chambers stayed off the scoreboard.

Though the drive didn’t result in any points it did keep the ball out of Marengo’s hands for the better part of six minutes. When the Longhorns did get it back, though, they wasted little time. They increased their lead to 33-0 after a 47-yard touchdown run around left end.

Chambers was facing another three-and-out on their next drive, but again elected for a fake, this time on a punt. But like before, it failed, and Marengo took over in CA territory. With 54 seconds left in the first half, the Longhorns all but sealed the game with a four-yard touchdown run to take a 39-0 lead.

Marengo got the ball to open the second half, and they embarked on a methodical, time-consuming drive that ended with a one-yard touchdown run. With 5:30 left in the third quarter, their lead was now 45-0.

To that point, CA had some success running the ball, but it wasn’t consistent and Bolt was taking a beating from the powerful Longhorns. So the Rebels decided to go to the air on their first possession of the second half.

It didn’t work out well. Quarterback Cord Dodgen tossed an interception on the first play and Marengo returned it 35 yards for a touchdown and a 51-0 lead with 3:53 left in the third.

But Allen was right, the Rebels never quit. They played the final quarter, facing an insurmountable deficit, with the same fervor they had played the first quarter.

With just over seven minutes left to play in the game, it finally paid off as Dodgen connected with Quadarius Tinsley for a 33-yard touchdown pass.

The duo connected one more time before the game ended, this time from 23 yards out.

“I am especially proud of our senior class and the leadership they showed this year,” Allen added. “They bought in completely to our program and were a joy to coach. They made Chambers football relevant again.

“I would like to thank all of the people that helped make our season a success. Hopefully, what was accomplished this season will pave the way for many good seasons ahead.”

*For full story see this week’s edition of The Sun.

November 13, 2013 | Posted in: Prep, Sports | Comments Closed

LaFayette caps season with big win over Bullock Co.

LaFayette High coach Dialleo Burks ended his inaugural season on a high note on Friday night. In a season that has seen it’s fair share of difficult moments for the Bulldogs, the finale at Bulldog Stadium against Bullock County left everyone feeling good, especially the 13 seniors.

LaFayette (2-8) dominated the winless Hornets from start to finish to earn their second win 54-26. It’s the first time the Dogs have eclipsed the 30-point mark, a goal Burks said he wanted his team to accomplish earlier in the week.

“It feels good,” he said. “Not just to get that goal, but there were several other goals that we wanted to meet and we did.”

Of particular importance to Burks was to send his seniors out in style. “We asked them to play this last one for the seniors,” he said. “And that’s what we did, we started fast, played hard and played with tempo. Everybody stepped up.”

The win was the first for the Bulldogs since a week six victory over Horseshoe Bend. It was probably the most complete perforce of the season as well, as the Dogs threw for over 250 yards, rushed for four touchdowns and caused five turnovers.

“We completed some early passes and had some success running the ball on their defense,” Burks said. “And we got that confidence. The guys who got the ball did what they were supposed to do and we finished strong.”

LaFayette took control of the contest right away, capitalizing on Hornet mistakes to score on their first possession. Senior and team leader Tequarri Whitlow appropriately found the endzone first, as he capped the drive with a 10-yard run four minutes into the first quarter to give LHS a 6-0 lead.

After stopping Bullock on the ensuing possession, LaFayette went back on the offensive. This time they relied on quarterback Kentrel Holloway. The 12-play drive ended when Holloway and Cordeski Floyd hooked up for an 18-yard touchdown pass. Holloway found Jatarvious Whitlow for the two-point conversion and with 1:51 left in the first, the Dogs had a 14-0 lead.

LaFayette regained possession after another Hornets three-and-out, and it didn’t take long for them to capitalize. Dimitric Wright highlighted the drive with a 49-yard scamper and a three-yard touchdown run seconds into the second quarter. LaFayette now had a 20-0 lead.

The Bulldogs got their first interception of the game on Bullock’s next drive, but for the first time were stopped on offense.

Just before the half, Bullock finally mounted a drive and moved deep into LHS territory. But the Bulldogs defense stiffened and stopped three runs and forced an incomplete pass on fourth down to maintain the shutout.

LaFayette came out in the second half with the same intensity they had started with and quickly found the endzone. This time Holloway connected with senior Mitchell Ross for a 25-yard touchdown pass with 9:15 to play in the third to give LaFayette a 26-0 lead.

They looked poised to put the game away after intercepting another Hornet pass on the ensuing possession, but LaFayette quickly fumbled the ball.

Bullock had their first break of the night, and they made it count, scoring on a nine-yard run with 5:40 left in the third to make it 26-8.

The Bulldogs answered thought, less than two minutes later when Holloway and Floyd hooked up for their second touchdown pass of the night. This time from 26 yards away. Another failed conversion attempt put the Bulldog advantage at 32-8.

Bullock had started to gain some offensive momentum however and with 1:21 left in the third, they found the endzone again. It came on a 19-yard touchdown pass and cut their deficit to 32-14.

But while Bullock’s offense had started to click, LaFayette’s was red-hot and they continued to move the ball at will on their next possession. Just 10 seconds into the fourth quarter, another senior, Okoye Williams, found the endzone. It came on a four-yard run and increased the Bulldog lead to 40-14.

The rest of the game was just a touchdown party. Bullock scored on a 19-yard pass with eight minutes to play. Then Holloway found Quentavious Whitlow for a 31-yard touchdown pass with 6:12 to play, giving LaFayette a 48-20 lead.

Bullock’s final touchdown came with 3:39 to play and came on a 32-yard pass.

Not to be outdone, the Bulldogs got one more for good measure. This time it was another senior, Deontavius Pittman, who got the score, a three-yard touchdown run with 1:16 left to play.

*For full story see this week’s edition of The Sun.

November 6, 2013 | Posted in: Prep, Sports | Comments Closed

Rebels fall to Coosa Valley; focus shifts to playoffs

Despite their record, the Coosa Valley Rebels (6-5) are one of the better teams in the AISA. Coach Jason Allen knew that and he knew his Chambers Academy team would have to play mistake free to get a win in their home finale on Friday night. The Rebels didn’t do that, committing six turnovers in what turned out to be a 49-22 Coosa Valley win.

The game was not as lopsided as the score indicated, and was tied at 14 with less than three minutes to play in the first half, but a costly turnover turned into a two touchdown deficit for Chambers.

“We had way too many turnovers,” Allen said. “It’s uncharacteristic and we’ll have to cut it out this week to have a chance.”

Despite just three trips to the endzone, Chambers amassed over 400 yards of offense in the loss including 393 on the ground. Corey Bolt ran for a season-high 249 yards and eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the season. Tay Henry was again impressive, gaining over 100 yards on the ground.

Chambers took an early lead after stopping Coosa Valley on their opening possession and marching down the field in 13 plays for the touchdown. Henry capped the drive with a 28-yard scoring run with 4:15 left in the opening quarter.

But Coosa Valley responded with two scores on their next two possessions to take a 14-7 lead midway through the second quarter.

Chambers tied the game at 14 after Bolt capped an 11-play drive with a 10-yard touchdown run. After Coosa Valley was stopped on their next drive, CA got the ball back with plenty of time to take the lead. But at midfield they were stopped on a fourth down, and CVA took control. They didn’t take long to find the endzone and soon had a 20-14 lead after Chambers’ DeMetrius Lemon blocked an extra point.

With the half approaching Chambers made one final push when the turnover bug struck. Coosa Valley intercepted a pass and returned it to midfield. A long TD pass increased the lead 28-14 as halftime fell.

The Rebels could never regain their momentum after the break. Coosa Valley quickly capitalized on more turnovers, and with less than five minutes to play in the third quarter had built a 42-14 lead. In total Chambers committed two interceptions and four fumbles, including one that was returned 68-yards for a score. The Rebels threatened to score several times in the second half but nearly all came up short because they gave the ball away.

Chambers final points came with 10:59 to play in the game. Bolt powered the 14-play drive and ended it on a one-yard touchdown plunge.

The Rebels (5-5-1, 3-3) will have to shake off the loss fast because now they must prepare for the first round of the AISA 1A playoffs. They won’t have much time to do it either, as it was announced last week that the game will be played on Thursday, Nov. 7, rather than Friday as originally scheduled.

The Rebels first round opponent No. 3 Marengo Academy, shares their field with another local school facilitating the rescheduling.

No matter what day the game is held, Chambers will be facing one of their most difficult opponents all year in the 10-0 Longhorns. Marengo has allowed just 60 points all season and has three shutouts. Their offense is equally dominant, averaging 44 points per game thanks to their dynamic quarterback.

The Rebels will go into the game as the 1A Region 1 No. 4 seed while the Longhorns are the Region 2 No. 1 seed.

“They (Marengo) are a really good team,” Allen says. “But our guys are playing well right now. I like where our team is. We have to go over there and cut out the turnovers and execute and see what happens.”

It won’t be a short trip either, on an already short week. Marengo Academy is located in Linden, nearly 200 miles across the state. The game will be held at Linden Athletic Complex.

*For full story see this week’s edition of The Sun.

Chambers secures playoff spot with win over SMCA

After a one year absence, Chambers Academy is back in the playoffs. Thanks to a 42-16 win on Friday night over visiting South Montgomery County Academy, the Rebels (5-4-1; 3-3) secured the fourth and final playoff spot in AISA Class 1A Region 1.

Chambers came into the game with the chance to control their own destiny; and that’s exactly what they did. The Rebels dictated the contest, racking up over 300 yards on the ground and quickly making known that they would be extending the season.

“We played hard and put the game away early so that we could celebrate the right way,” CA Coach Jason Allen said about his team’s homecoming win. “Friday night was a great homecoming at Chambers Academy and it was a big win for our program.”

Led by double threat of Corey Bolt and Tay Henry, Chambers exploded out of the gate and never looked back. They put their first points on the board with 7:26 to play in the first. The two-play drive included a 24-yard run by Dylan Moncus followed by a 45-yard touchdown run by Henry.

Two minutes later, Chambers was back in the endzone. This time it was Quadarius Tinsley, who picked off a Raiders’ pass and took it back 30-yards for the score.

With three minutes left to play in the first, Tinsley found the endzone again when he returned a punt 60 yards for the score, giving Chambers a 19-0 lead.

The CA defense hadn’t budged all night to this point and they once again forced a SMCA punt on the ensuing drive. The Rebels’ offense took advantage and less than two minutes into the second quarter, they scored again. The nine-play drive was capped by a Bolt one-yard touchdown run.

“I was pleased with the way our guys played defensively,” Allen said. “We really ran to the ball and gave great effort.”

After another defensive stand, the Rebels got the ball back with just over seven minutes to play in the half. With 6:10 remaining, Bolt churned out another big run, this time for 20 yards, for another score.

By the time halftime arrived, the Rebels had a 35-0 advantage.

With the game well in hand, Allen and the Rebels eased off the gas and cleared the benches. CA did manage to find the endzone one last time. Bolt got his third score of the night on a five-yard run that capped a six-play drive. With 1:40 left to play in the third quarter the Rebels had a 42-0 lead.

South Montgomery’s two scores came in the fourth quarter.

*For full story see this week’s edition of The Sun.

October 30, 2013 | Posted in: Prep, Sports | Comments Closed

Reeltown too strong for Bulldogs

What started out as a game that looked like it could go LaFayette’s way eventually shifted in favor of Reeltown. The Rebels handed the Bulldogs their eighth loss of the year in a game that was only close in the first quarter.

Reeltown scored 27 unanswered points, with a punishing ground attack, for a 27-6 win.
LaFayette’s playoff hopes had faded after last week’s loss to Montgomery Academy, but Reeltown needed the win to lock up he Region 5 third seed. They showed it on the field with an efficient performance. It didn’t help that the Bulldogs had to deal with some injuries and committed costly turnovers.

“Injuries played a part because we lost balance, and we were never able to get it back,” LHS Coach Dialleo Burks said. “Guys tried to do too much.”

Things looked bright for the Bulldogs early in the game. Quentavious Whitlow intercepted a Reeltown pass on the opening drive of the game. Then a few plays later Kentrel Holloway connected with Whitlow on a short pass and he took it 31 yards for the game’s first score. LaFayette had a 6-0 lead with 5:53 left in the first quarter.

But Reeltown relied on their ground attack on the ensuing drive. And it was an efficient one that consumed the rest of the quarter and ended on a one-yard touchdown run. With the extra point, Reeltown took a 7-6 lead and never looked back.

Defensively, the Bulldogs could never get a hold on the Rebels runners, as they totaled more than 200 on the ground.

“We just didn’t tackle,” Burks said. “Guys were in position to make plays and tackles for losses, but they just ran right past them. We lost that element of assignment football and making plays.”

LaFayette’s offense stalled on their next drive and Reeltown made the most of their next opportunity. With 7:12 left in the half, the Rebels reached the endzone again on a one-yard run to take a 14-6 lead.

The Bulldogs finally began to mount a drive when they got the ball back, but Holloway was injured just as they crossed midfield. The Rebels promptly shifted momentum by intercepting freshman quarterback Jatarvious Whitlow.

Reeltown capitalized on the turnover and extended their lead to 20-6 with 1:25 left in the half thanks to 17-yard run up the middle.

The Rebels final score of the night came with 2:40 left to play in the third. The 17-yard touchdown pass increased the lead to 27-6 and would be final points of the game.

LaFayette threatened to score again late in the contest, but another interception and a turnover on downs at the Reeltown one yard line denied that possibility.

*For full story see this week’s edition of The Sun.

Montgomery Academy eliminates Bulldogs from playoff race

The LaFayette High Bulldogs were officially eliminated from playoff contention following a tough 49-26 loss to Montgomery Academy here in LaFayette on Friday night. The Bulldogs are now 1-5 in Region 5 play and 1-7 overall with just two games remaining. They close out their region schedule this Friday when they travel to Reeltown and will wrap up the regular season on Nov. 1 against Bullock County at home.

For LaFayette, things got out of hand early on Friday night, thanks in large part to the play of Montgomery’s star quarterback Josh Thomas. Thomas had his was with LaFayette last season, and this year proved no different. He ran for three touchdowns in the game, including a 65-yarder and helped the Eagles to a 35-12 halftime advantage.

“We had a really difficult time stopping him,” LaFayette Coach Dialleo Burks said. “The effort really wasn’t there and we gave up two scores quickly because we were not competing.

“We settled down later in the game and were able to put some things together on offense, but we still had trouble stopping their running game.”

The Eagles jumped out to a 14-0 lead, before LaFayette answered to make it a 14-6 game after one quarter. But Montgomery continued to roll up the yards, and they scored three more times before halftime to take a commanding lead.

The Bulldogs added another score in the second quarter and found the endzone in both the third and fourth quarters, but they couldn’t keep up with the Eagles frantic pace.

LaFayette did have some success throwing the ball, as quarterback Kentrel Holloway totaled 254 yards through the air. He completed 13-of-23 passes for four touchdowns, though he had one interception. LHS also fumbled the ball once.

They were much less effective with their ground game, totaling just 48 yards.

Jartavious Whitlow led the Bulldogs with three catches for 131 yards and Quentavious Whitlow had three catches for 81 yards. Cordeski Floyd had two catches for 20 yards and Mitchell Ross caught three passes for 16 yards.

Wilvoski Pitts rushed for 32 yards in the loss and Jartavious Whitlow ran for 22 yards.

Tequarri Whitlow, who finished with seven tackles, led the LaFayette defense. Courtney Holloway and Antonia Smith both had five tackles and Charles Ballard and Floyd each had four tackles.

The Bulldogs may be out of the playoffs but they can still have an impact on the seasons of other teams, and they will try to play spoiler when they visit perennial 2A power Reeltown on Friday. The Rebels are 5-3 this season, with losses at the hands of Dadeville, Lanett and Montgomery Academy. They secured a playoff berth with a 19-0 win over Isabella last week, but they are still trying to earn a higher seed.

“We are still learning and still trying to get the best finish we can,” Burks said. “We’re not going to take these final two games off. We’re looking to get better and get the program on the right track heading into the off-season and for next year. We know we can’t make the playoff but we can still play spoiler to a few teams.”

The Bulldogs will have the difficult task of corralling Reeltown’s potent wishbone attack on offense. “We’re going to put as many people in the box as possible and try to control the edge,” Burks says. “We’re going to try to make them beat us with the pass.”

The Rebels defeated LHS 28-6 last year but lost 30-29 in 2011.

Kickoff on Friday is set for 7 pm CST in Reeltown.

October 23, 2013 | Posted in: Prep, Sports | Comments Closed

No. 2 Restoration dominates Chambers

Chambers Academy ran into a buzzsaw on Thursday night when they traveled to Birmingham to face the AISA’s No. 2 team. Restoration (8-1; 5-0) dominated the Rebels (4-4-1; 2-3) in every phase of the contest, putting the game out of reach in the first half.

“They are ranked No. 2 in the state for a reason,” CA Coach Jason Allen said. “We had no answer for their size and speed. I thought our kids tried hard and played well defensively for a while, but we just couldn’t hold up and sustain anything.”

Chambers did force a couple of turnovers in the game, but their offense was totally ineffective against the Bulldogs. “We really struggled holding our blocks and their speed was too much for us to handle,” Allen said.

The Rebels finished with just 31 total yards in the 39-0 defeat.

By the end of the first quarter, the Bulldogs had already built a 21-0 lead. Two minutes into the second quarter, that advantage was increased to 27-0 after a 20-yard touchdown run.

After a CA punt, Restoration went back to work and found the endzone again on a 37 yard pass with 4:43 to play in the half to take a 33-0 lead.

Chambers finally got a break to open the second half, when D’Metrius Lemon recovered a fumble in Restoration territory. But the Rebels once again stalled and turned the ball over on downs. Moments later, the Bulldogs upped the lead to 39-0 after a 64-yard touchdown run.

To their credit, Restoration let off the gas at that point and both teams were satisfied to end the game as quick as possible.

Corey Bolt accounted for the bulk of CA’s offensive production, though he only had 30 yards on nine carries. He also led the defense with five tackles. Austin Hudmon and Earnest Swanson each had four tackles and Quadarius Tinsley, Tae Henry and Lane Hodges finished with three tackles apiece.

For Allen and the Rebels, they are just happy to be done with the game, and have already shifted their focus to this week. The Restoration loss dropped CA’s region mark to 2-3 and puts them in a situation where they control their playoff destiny. If the Rebels defeat South Montgomery County Academy this week, they’re in.

Factor in the fact that it’s the Rebels’ homecoming, and it should be no surprise that the team is ready to move on.

“This is a big game for us,” Allen says. “A win puts us in (the playoffs), so we need to have a good week of preparation and get healthy.”

There were some bumps and bruises suffered this past week, most notably Tinsley, who suffered an ankle injury. Allen said he will probably not practice much this week, but could be ready to go on Friday.

The good news for the Rebels, is that they match up well with SMCA, who is 2-6 on the season with a 1-4 Region 5 record. The Raiders dropped last week’s contest to Ashford Academy 39-24 and have lost six of their past seven contests.

Their biggest flaw appears to be on defense, which should greatly benefit the Rebels and their fast-paced offense. So far this season, SMCA is allowing almost 34 points a game.

Chambers only win last year came over the Raiders and the Rebels have won six of the past seven meetings between the teams.

Kickoff is set for 7 pm CST at Tolbert Field here in LaFayette. Homecoming festivities will take place at halftime of the game.