Notebook: Rebels’ power running attack big part of 2-0 start
Published 12:00 am Monday, September 5, 2005
So what if Adams Christian quarterback Timmy Foster can throw a football into the next county.
If the Rebels had to pass, they’d use him. But right now the Rebels haven’t needed the pass attack hardly at all &045; it’s been all power, all the time out of their double-wing T formation that longtime coach Bobby Marks brought with him when he agreed to return as head coach at the age of 72.
It’s a system you’d find on an old highlight reel before you’d find someone else running it at the high school level. But the Rebels showed Friday night in their 30-20 win over Trinity that power football may be old &045; but it still works.
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&uot;Coach is old school &045; he likes to go right at you,&uot; tackle James Sullivan said. &uot;With us, it’s power football all the way. There’s no finesse to it. What we’re trying to do is push them off the ball. Timmy is a great quarterback and a heck of a thrower anyway, but our line is working out good. If we give them a hole, they’ll give us the yards.&uot;
For the second straight week the Rebels’ front line literally ran over an opponent. On Friday the Rebels ran for 401 yards on 50 carries, and the week prior they ran 65 times for 230 yards on Centreville Academy.
It’s no secret what’s been the secret to their success. Each time the Rebels used every back they possibly could, including Friday night’s game where 10 players took at least one handoff.
It’s all on the line.
&uot;You take the ball and kind of drive it down their throats,&uot; Marks said. &uot;That’s hard for the defense to handle. Our offensive line &045; I tell you what &045; our offensive line is really good.&uot;
The front was enough to push the Saints off the ball for most of the game. Only once did the Saints throw AC for a loss of yards, and that came on a play in the first quarter that went for minus-3 yards.
The Saints did a better job later in the first half before Brock Vines broke a 73-yard run to start the second half and give the Rebels the momentum.
&uot;We’re not very good, and they could have done anything they wanted to do,&uot; Trinity head coach David King said. &uot;It’s just a matter of they’re better than us and they have better players.
We just hope this is a wake-up call for us to challenge people. I wish (AC) the best of luck.&uot;
Said Vines of the line: &uot;They were taking over. We were in a whole lot better shape than in the beginning of the season, and we look to get better. As long as our line stays like it is, nobody can beat us.&uot;
MORE INJURIES &045; For the second straight game at home the Rebels had a player transported to the hospital with a knee injury. This time it was defensive end Eric Perry, who also plays tight end and lines up in the backfield.
Perry took a handoff on the final play of the first half a re-injured the knee that underwent surgery last year. He may be gone for the year, and it puts more stress on depth at backfield for the Rebels.
&uot;We ran out of backs again tonight, and Perry was hurt really bad,&uot; Marks said. &uot;That puts us down to basically about three backs and a couple of young backs. That’s it. We’ve got some little young guys who will be real good backs. I hate it that Perry got his knee tore up. He was our best defensive end.&uot;
Perry wasn’t the only one &045; David Alton New went out late in the game with cramps and wound up staying overnight in the hospital due to dehydration. Cole Bradford &045; already playing with a brace on his knee and broken bone in his foot &045; saw limited action with an injury to a big toe, Marks said.
It’s the knee, though, that may still be kind of keeping him back.
&uot;I had the same injury in my career at Cole did,&uot; King said. &uot;It’s hard to get that out of your mind. The bottom line is it’s going to be there for Cole. He’s a super athlete. As the season goes on, I’m sure he’ll get a little more accustomed to it.&uot;
BROTHER, CAN YOU SPARE A FULLBACK? &045; Daniel Hollowell had only two carries Thursday night before he came up limping, and a sore ankle was bad enough where he didn’t return in Cathedral’s 29-12 win over St. Al.
It hurt the Green Wave offense for a spell before coaches starting to try to a couple of different replacements. Murphy Hinson, a normal starter at linebacker and right guard, went in late in the game and pounded away up the middle against the Flashes.
Hinson had six carries for 39 yards.
&uot;I think our offensive line did a pretty good job blocking considering we were undersized,&uot; Hinson said. &uot;We’ve been practicing with me at fullback. They didn’t want to take me off the line, but they put me back there.&uot;
Hinson was the third choice back there after Hollowell went down on the third play of the Green Wave’s second possession of the game. Taylor Radzedicz was supposed to go in after Hollowell, but he took a finger to the eye and had it bandaged.
Lee Hash lined up for a few snaps at fullback and had one carry before Hinson entered. He had a 14-yard run on a drive that got down to the Flashes’ 11 before Cathedral lost it on a fumble.
&uot;It’s a good thing we got this week open &045; we need him,&uot; CHS head coach Ken Beesley Sr. said of Hollowell. &uot;We’ve got to have him at fullback. He makes everything go, and he’s really the key to our offense.&uot;
NOW TOP IT &045; Most folks had an idea the freshman class of athletes at Cathedral would contribute in some way, but Kole Junkin surpassed everyone’s expectations Thursday. He picked off a short screen pass and returned it 79 yards for a touchdown just before the end of the first half.
&uot;I knew (the freshmen) were going to have to play,&uot; senior Matthew Hall said. &uot;Kole stepped up, read that pass perfectly and turned on the jets. They had the momentum going. You could tell they were hyped up. They were tired. Coach said to keep pounding them and keep pounding them. They were tired, and they fell over.&uot;