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.

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

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.

Lakeside snaps Rebels win streak

Chambers Academy got off to an impressive start in their critical region game last week against Lakeside. In a rare Thursday night game at Tolbert Field here in LaFayette, the Rebels appeared to have the advantage on both sides of the ball after driving down field for a score on their opening possession, then forcing the Chiefs to punt after three plays on the ensuing possession. But that early momentum soon disappeared for CA, and after a big third quarter, Lakeside withstood a late fourth quarter charge to hang on for the 19-16 win.

The loss snapped the Rebels four game win streak, and dropped them to 2-2 in Region 1 play.

“Our kids played extremely hard and did all that we asked them to do,” CA Coach Jason Allen said. “We started the game out really well on offense and defense, but we didn’t execute quite as well in the second quarter. We stalled in their territory once and we really needed those points. I think that really changed the complexion of the game.”

Chambers opening drive spanned 66 yards and consumed the first three minutes of the game. It ended when Quadarius Tinsley scored on a seven-yard touchdown run. Tae Henry ran the ball in for the two-point conversion giving CA a quick 8-0 lead.

They forced a three and out on Lakeside’s next possession, but were forced to punt on their next drive.

The Chiefs finally moved the ball when they got it back and after a long pass, completed a fourth and goal pass from the eight yard line for their first touchdown. The PAT kick was no good, allowing CA to hold on to an 8-6 lead.

CA mounted a drive on their ensuing possession, but four penalties eventually forced a punt. Lakeside threatened again just before the half, driving deep into Chambers’ territory, before the Rebels forced a big fumble to regain possession. They would run the clock out and carry the two-point lead into halftime.

It was all Lakeside in the third quarter. The Chiefs opening drive featured a long run, then a Johnny Manziel-like escape by their quarterback, who then completed a pass to the one-yard line. A quarterback sneak for the score followed to give Lakeside their first lead of the night 12-8 after the failed conversion attempt with 8:15 left in the third.

After a Chambers punt, Lakeside went back to work and scored on another one-yard quarterback sneak with 2:13 left in the quarter. Their lead was now 19-8 after the PAT kick.

Lakeside began to drive again early in the fourth quarter, but a big pass break-up by Tinsley saved another touchdown with eight minutes to play.

With the ball back, the Rebels finally began to move and drove all the way to the Chiefs 20 yard line. But facing a fourth and eight, they turned the ball over on downs after an incomplete pass. It looked bleak for the Rebels at that point.

That changed when Lane Hodges ripped the ball away from a Lakeside back to regain possession for CA with just over three minutes to play. The Rebels capitalized and quarterback Cord Dodgen connected with Tinsley in the back left side of the endzone for a 19-yard touchdown pass. Corey Bolt ran the two-point conversion in and CA trailed 19-16 with 2:22 to play.

After recovering a pooch-kick, the Chiefs were set to run the clock out, but CA had three timeouts to use. After a quick first down, it appeared Lakeside would be facing second and long, but the Rebels were inexplicably called for a facemask, effectively ending the game.

“I thought we played hard,” Allen added, “we just didn’t come up with enough plays to come out on top.”

This week the Rebels will face No. 2 Restoration in another Thursday night game. Kickoff will be at 7:30 pm CST rather than the normal 7 pm. The game will be played at Birmingham-Southern College’s Panther Stadium.

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

October 16, 2013 | Posted in: Prep, Sports | Comments Closed

LaFayette drops homecoming to Isabella

In front of what was one of the biggest crowds in recent memory at Bulldog Stadium on Friday night, what could go wrong for LaFayette did go wrong early in the game. The Bulldogs fell behind early thanks to a couple of miscues and could never recover, as they dropped their homecoming game to Isabella, 42-20.

Just one week after their first win of the season, LHS fell to 1-6 with the defeat, and dropped to 1-4 in Region 5 play. And with just two more region games left, the Bulldogs will need to win out, and get a lot of help, to have a chance at the playoffs.

Isabella opened the game with authority, using a potent running attack to easily move into LaFayette territory. The drive that used nearly five minutes of clock ended with a one-yard touchdown run and a 6-0 lead after a failed PAT kick.

The Bulldogs looked sloppy on their ensuing possession, botching handoffs, before being forced to punt. That punt would be blocked and the Mustangs recovered it in the endzone for their second touchdown. They converted the two-point conversion to take a 14-0 lead with 5:42 left in the first.

LaFayette took a risk on their next drive, trying to convert on a fourth-and-five, but was sacked, and gave the ball back to Isabella with good field position.

The Bulldogs finally caught a break on the Mustangs’ ensuing possession when DaBrien Trammell recovered a fumble and gave LaFayette the ball at the Isabella 20 yard line. Quarterback Kentrel Holloway then connected with Cordeski Floyd on a pass to the one yard line, and on the next play Tequarri Whitlow ran in for LaFayette’s first score. The two-point conversion was good, and LHS was down just 14-8.

Isabella would answer, though, and with 7:24 left to play in the first half, found the endzone again. This time on a six-yard run that upped their lead to 22-8 after the two-point conversion.

After exchanging possessions, Isabella got the ball back with just under a minute to play and they took the ball down the field quickly. With four seconds to go, facing a third and goal, the Mustangs found the endzone again on a three-yard run. The conversion failed, but Isabella had a commanding 28-8 lead.

LaFayette came out in the second half with some determination and cut the lead in half when Holloway found Jatarvious Whitlow in the endzone for a 20-yard touchdown pass. The Isabella lead was now 28-14 after the failed conversion with 8:42 left in the third.

But as had been the case in the first half, the Mustangs answered. This time, it was quick as they scored on a 29-yard touchdown pass just over a minute later to take a 35-14 lead.

Isabella would score again with just over three minutes to play in the game on a 25-yard run and LaFayette’s final score came in the closing minute when Holloway and J. Whitlow hooked up again, this time for a 17-yard touchdown.

“They are a good football team that had a lot of success running the football,” LHS Coach Dialleo Burks said. “But we didn’t capitalize on their turnovers and if we could have done that things might have turned out a little differently.”

The Bulldogs stay at home this week for another Region 5 match-up, this time from Montgomery Academy.

Kickoff for the game is set for 7 pm CST at Bulldog Stadium.

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

LaFayette holds off Horseshoe Bend for first win

Despite a tough loss two weeks ago to Abbeville, LaFayette Coach Dialleo Burks said his team turned a corner in the game. The first year coach was apparently right, as his Bulldogs picked up their first win of the season on Friday night. LaFayette’s 21-15 win over region rival Horseshoe Bend on the road not only provided a much needed confidence boost for the young squad, but it also kept alive their chances to make the playoffs.

We came out ready and focused,” Burks said. “Last week, before the game, we reevaluated what was going on with the season. The first half of the season is over, so now the mindset is that we are 1-0. We have to take each week individually and every game is a big game.”

The final score didn’t really reflect the flow of the game, as LaFayette maintained control throughout. The Bulldogs led the entire contest, but a few turnovers and a last gasp effort by the Generals made the game closer than it should have been.

“The guys fought, and we had a little success early,” Burks said. “Then we let off a bit, but we got it back together and finished the game.”

LaFayette’s offensive attack was balanced as they ran for 122 yards and threw for 181 yards. Quarterback Kentrel Holloway had his most efficient game of the year, completing 15-for-24 passes with one touchdown and one interception.

“We want to be balanced,” Burks added. “We have so many athletes to do it and it’s a disadvantage to not get all our players involved.”

Quen Whitlow was Holloway’s go-to reliever as he caught four passes for 102 yards and a touchdown. Tequarri Whitlow caught five passes for 57 yards and led the Dogs’ rushing attack with 85 yards on 11 carries with two scores. Mitchell Ross also caught four passes for 25 yards. Okoye Williams had 20 yards rushing on just three carries and DaBrien Trammell had eight carries for 26 yards.

On defense, the Bulldogs were led by Trammell, who had a monster night with 15 tackles. Tequarri Whitlow was also a force for the LHS defense, as he finished with 12 tackles.

Brendan Tucker had nine tackles and Ross collected seven in the win. Antonio Smith, Dimitric Wright and Quen Whitlow each finished with four tackles for LHS.

After three weeks on the road, LaFayette finally returns to Bulldogs Stadium this Friday night, and it’s a big one. The Dogs will host their second consecutive Region 5 foe as Isabella comes to town to serve as LaFayette’s homecoming opponent.

The Mustangs had been the surprise team in Region 5 so far this season, starting the season with five straight wins before falling to red-hot Lanett this past Friday 25-14. They are a team that has a variety of offensive sets, so the LHS defense will have their hands full.

The game is a must-win if the Bulldogs are to have any hope to make the playoffs, but it will be no easy task. Isabella will not only be looking to rebound from their first loss, but they will also have on their mind that the Bulldogs blasted them last year 48-13.

Kickoff is set for 7 pm CST at Bulldogs Stadium and homecoming festivities are scheduled to take place prior to kickoff.

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

October 9, 2013 | Posted in: Prep, Sports | Comments Closed

Chambers wins fourth in a row

Chambers Academy (4-2-1; 2-1) made quick work of Cornerstone Christian on Friday night in Columbiana to pick up their fourth consecutive win, 33-6. The Rebels continued to display a dominating ground attack and faced little opposition from the Chargers as they strengthen their changes for a playoff berth with the region win.

“Our kids were very businesslike in their approach to this game,” CA Coach Jason Allen said. “We felt like we had them outmanned a little bit, but you never know. But we executed and did what we had to do to put them to sleep.”

The Rebels dominance was established early in the game as the offensive game plan took root right away and the defense didn’t bend. CA rushed for 320 yards in the win, including 100-plus yard performances from Corey Bolt and Tae Henry. The defense forced two turnovers, totaled two sacks and kept pressure on the Charger backfield for the duration.

“Our kids understand every Friday night is a test for us to see how much we have improved,” Allen said. “I think we have shown a lot of improvement over the last four weeks and our guys have become confident in what we are doing.”

Bolt led the Rebels with 132 yards on 18 carries, while Henry had 103 yards on just seven carries. Lane Hodges picked up 31 yards on five carries and Jay Tinsley had 24 yards on three carries.

Dodgen finished the game completing 4-of-8 passes for 38 yards, but the Rebels didn’t have much need for an aerial assault. Henry caught one pass for 22 yards and Bolt had two catches for 18 yards.

Hodges led the CA defensive effort with 10 tackles and both Bolt and Austin Hudmon had nine tackles. Both Henry and Jeremy Holliday totaled four tackles and each had a sack. Quadarius Tinsley had an interception and Austin Harmon recovered a fumble.

Friday’s win was solid on all fronts for CA and it set the table for a big Region 1 match-up with Lakeside this week in LaFayette. The Chiefs (3-3; 2-2) will bring their high flying offensive attack to town for a special Thursday night game, and you can be sure both teams understand what’s at stake.

“It’s a huge one for us,” Allen says. “They have a really good team with an explosive passing game. We will have to play well to win.”

Kickoff is set for 7 pm CST on Thursday night at Tolbert Field.

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

Rebels continue streak with third consecutive win

As the clock dwindled in the closing minutes of the first half, Chambers Academy was on the verge of taking a two-score lead. The Rebels had already reached the endzone twice in the second quarter, and were about to do it again. But time ran out and a long field goal try missed. CA had a 14-6 lead over Sparta Academy at the half, but perhaps more importantly, the Warriors were gassed.

Chambers ran an unprecedented 50 offensive plays in the first half and totaled 87 in the game. The offensive efficiency highlighted a 21-12 victory that wasn’t as close as the score indicated. CA controlled the contest, running for 352 yards. They won their third game in a row and now post their first winning record of the year at 3-2-1.

“This was our best performance of the year,” CA Coach Jason Allen said. “Our guys are starting to understand what we are trying to do and are having fun.”

Allen said the play count was a personal record in his multi-tempo, wing-T offense. “When we get that initial first down and start playing fast, it seems to really take our offense to another level,” he says.

Two turnovers and two big drives by Sparta kept the Rebels from being able to put the game away however. Their first turnover was on their opening possession, and came when a tipped pass was intercepted while CA was driving.

The Warriors would then take their opening possession down the field to take a 6-0 lead early in the first quarter. CA would move the ball for the rest of the quarter, but it took until the second for them to find the endzone. Tae Henry would score the first of his two touchdowns on a three-yard run, giving Chambers the lead at 7-6.

The Rebels now had the momentum and after another strong series on the defensive side of the ball, the offense went back to work. It was Henry again, this time scoring on a 10-yard run with just under six minutes to play in the half. Chambers now had a 14-6 lead after the extra point kick.

But the Warriors didn’t quit and after a much-needed rest, they started the second half the way they had the first. Sparta drove down the field on their opening possession for a score, and had a chance to tie the game. But the Rebels stopped the two-point conversion and kept a 14-12 advantage. It was the last time the CA defense broke.

“Defensively, we continue to progress,” Allen said. “Sparta was a good running team and we shut their running game down for the most part. It was a real boost for our confidence.”

And even though the defense didn’t leave much cause for worry, the offense found the endzone one more time just to be safe. This score came when Corey Bolt powered across the goal line from five-yards out with nine minutes to play in the game. It capped an outstanding day for the workhorse Bolt, who ran the ball 29 times for 149 yards and caught a pass.

Chambers now had a nine-point advantage and they controlled the ball for most of the rest of the game.

Aside from Bolt, Quadarius Tinsley had an outstanding day, rushing for 133 yards on 19 carries and catching one pass. Henry finished with 48 yards on seven carries.

Jay Tinsley led CA receivers with two catches for 30 yards. Quarterback Cord Dodgen completed four-of-11 passes for 41 yards with two interceptions.

Quadarius Tinsley, Earnest Swanson and Austin Hudmon had strong defensive performances. Each totaled six tackles in the win. Henry had four tackles and Dylan Moncus finished with three. Dodgen had a big night defensively, intercepting two passes.

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

October 2, 2013 | Posted in: Prep, Sports | Comments Closed