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Rebels shut-out Wilcox

Rebels shut-out Wilcox
By Eason Franklin
The Lowndes Signal
The Lowndes County Rebels took a 28-0 lead into halftime and never looked back as they routed the Wilcox Academy Wildcats 42-0 Friday night in Hayneville.
“If we keep improving from where we are tonight we will have a chance in every game we play, ” said Lowndes Coach Art Sullivan. “This is probably our best overall effort.”
The offense got untracked early as the Rebels took the opening kickoff and drove 68 yards in seven plays to score on a Hank McIntosh 7 yard pass to Anderson Casey with 9:40 to play in the first quarter. Richard Pate kicked the point-after to give the Rebels a 7-0 lead.
The big play of the drive was Toby King’s 20 yard catch and run on a screen pass that put Lowndes on the Wildcat side of the field.
After an exchange of punts, Grant Nall recovered a Wilcox fumble giving the Rebels a short field to work with.
Lowndes wasted no time as Chance Ward took another short pass on third down to score from 6 yards out to increase the lead to 13-0. Pate added the point-after kick and Lowndes led 14-0.
On Wilcox’s next possession,  Tyler Love dropped the Wildcat runner for a 4 yard loss on fourth down to put the Rebels back in business at the 41 yard line.
A 25-yard burst by Ward put the Rebel’s inside the 20 yard line very quickly. On the next play McIntosh hit King for a 16 yard scoring strike to give Lowndes a 20-0 lead. Pate’s point-after kick put them up 21-0 at the end of the first quarter.
The Wilcox offense could never get untracked as Nall, King and Love combined to stymie any production from the Wildcats.
The Rebels scored again with 5:34 remaining in the first half on a 38 yard McIntosh to Ward screen pass. Pate again added the point-after touchdown to push Lowndes lead to 28-0 at the intermission.
Lowndes scored twice in the fourth-quarter to put the game out reach. Casey’s touchdown from 1 yard out and Zack Green’s 6 yard scamper at 4:44 of the fourth quarter closed out the night’s offensive onslaught.
“We played better than all aspects of the games,” said Sullivan. “I’m proud of the effort.”
The 4-1 Rebels play at home again next week entertaining Sparta Academy.