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Rebels win first, want another

 

THORSBY – The football game didn’t start out as planned for Thorsby, but the Rebels persevered and snapped a 17-game losing streak with a 28-6 win over Shades Mountain Christian on Oct. 9 to conclude homecoming week.
“It’s like, not a monkey, but a gorilla off our back,” first-year coach Billy Jackson said.
Jackson said earlier in the week that homecoming can potentially provide extra distractions for a team, and the Rebels started off slow.
The game was delayed about an hour and a half by lightning, and then Thorsby lost a fumble early on a sloppy field and allowed Shades Mountain to take a 6-0 lead on an 11-yard touchdown run by Bradley Kidd.
The Rebels would answer quickly, though. Dillian Simmons and Kalup Nunn scored on running plays, and quarterback Andrew Farris added another touchdown with a 10-yard run with 1:07 to go in the first half.
The last score of the game was a pass from Farris to Dillian Simmons.
“We told the kids all year, ‘If you’ll stay focused and work, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel that’s not a train,’” Jackson said. “They battled and kept their heads up and continued to play.”
The Rebels (1-6, 1-4 Class 2A, Region 4) might be a playoff long shot, but their season could quickly become a success if a suddenly confident team could defeat county rival Isabella (1-6, 0-5) on Friday.
“Now, you can just let loose and play,” Jackson said. “I think they were tense about getting that first win. Now, you feel like you’re playing with the house’s money.”

By Justin Averette and Stephen Dawkins

THORSBY – The football game didn’t start out as planned for Thorsby, but the Rebels persevered and snapped a 17-game losing streak with a 28-6 win over Shades Mountain Christian on Oct. 9 to conclude homecoming week.

“It’s like, not a monkey, but a gorilla off our back,” first-year coach Billy Jackson said.

Jackson said earlier in the week that homecoming can potentially provide extra distractions for a team, and the Rebels started off slow.

The game was delayed about an hour and a half by lightning, and then Thorsby lost a fumble early on a sloppy field and allowed Shades Mountain to take a 6-0 lead on an 11-yard touchdown run by Bradley Kidd.

The Rebels would answer quickly, though. Dillian Simmons and Kalup Nunn scored on running plays, and quarterback Andrew Farris added another touchdown with a 10-yard run with 1:07 to go in the first half.

The last score of the game was a pass from Farris to Dillian Simmons.

“We told the kids all year, ‘If you’ll stay focused and work, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel that’s not a train,’” Jackson said. “They battled and kept their heads up and continued to play.”

The Rebels (1-6, 1-4 Class 2A, Region 4) might be a playoff long shot, but their season could quickly become a success if a suddenly confident team could defeat county rival Isabella (1-6, 0-5) on Friday.

“Now, you can just let loose and play,” Jackson said. “I think they were tense about getting that first win. Now, you feel like you’re playing with the house’s money.”