Lowndes falls at home to visiting Rebels 38-14

Published 4:15 pm Saturday, September 16, 2017

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By Fred Guarino

The Lowndes Signal

Lowndes Academy Rebels fell at home to the visiting Chambers Academy Rebels 38-14 Friday night in a regional contest to go 1-3 on the season and 0-2 in Class A Region 1 Play.

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“we played extremely hard tonight against a good Chambers team,” said Lowndes Academy head football coach Bob Taylor.

Lowndes Academy will now have a week to rest before facing Wilcox Academy in a non-retinal contest for homecoming on September 29.

Taylor said, “The open week couldn’t come at a better time to get some of the guys well. Hopefully we can get some things fixed on offense this week.”

Lowndes Academy got on the board early against Chambers when Ben Crook caused a safety to put the hometown Rebels up 2-0 in the first quarter.

But the second quarter belonged to the visiting Rebels who scored on a 1-yard run, a 9-yard run and a 2-point conversion to make it a 14-2 Chambers lead at the half.

Jon Johnson got the Lowndes Academy Rebels back on the scoreboard in the third quarter with a 5-yard run for a touchdown. The hometown Rebels added the 2-point conversion to make it an 8-14 game still in favor of Chambers.

But Chambers added a 2-yard touchdown run followed by a 2-point conversion to make it a 22-8 lead and added a 1-yard touchdown run and 2-point conversion to make it a 30-8 lead for Chambers in the third.

Lowndes wasn’t quite finished, however, and Brain Rayburn caught a 68-yard touchdown pass from Jon Johnson to make it a 14-30 contest, still trailing Chambers in the third quarter.

The visiting Rebels added insult to injury, however, scoring on a fumble return for touchdown and 2-point conversion to make it a 38-14 final in favor of Chambers.

On the night, Lowndes had 86 yards passing and 143 yards rushing for 229 yards of total offense. Chambers has only 19 yards passing but a whopping 328 yards rushing for 347 yards of total offense.

While Chambers lost one fumble in the contest, Lowndes suffered a fumble loss and two interceptions.

For Lowndes, Jon Johnson was one for six passing for a total of 68 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Mason McCurdy was four for 11 passing for the hometown Rebels for 18 yards, and John Morgan was zero for one passing for Lowndes.

Jon Johnson led the Lowndes rushing game with 14 carries for 82 yards and a touchdown, McCurdy had nine carries for 40 yards and Morgan had two carries for 25 yards.

Rayburn led Lowndes in receiving with one catch for 68 yards and a touchdown.

Defensively Morgan had 10 tackles and two assists, Buddy Johnson has nine tackles, two assists and one tackle for loss, Daniel Janes had six tackles, and McCurdy had four tackles and four assists.