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Rebels look for revenge

The West Lincoln Rebels felt like they let last year’s season opener against the Fred T. Foard Tigers get away.
Ever since the loss last year, Rebels’ head coach Butch Parker has circled this game as a pivotal game. A win or loss can set the tone for the rest of the year in some cases.

According to Parker, there are two plays that the Tigers have a penchant for running.
“They love to run the power play and the toss sweep. They have size and power in the backfield, but I think Antonio Rojo and Daniel Soto can lead our defense,” he said.
With the Rebels losing to the Tigers back-to-back years, it’s clear they have revenge on their minds.
“It’s at our place and they’ve beat us two years in a row. Last year, I didn’t have our kids prepared to play the whole game and this year I believe they will be,” Parker said.

On defense, Foard runs a 3-5— one that could pose problems for Rebels’ running back Will Tallent.
“They essentially put eight people in the box, so we’ll have to get them out of that. They crowd the line to try to take the fullback out of the game,” Parker said.
It’s unclear whether or not West fullback Paul Chambers will be able to play in the season opener due to a fractured wrist.
Parker feels one key will be discipline in running the new I-Wing offense West Lincoln put in prior to this season.
“We got to attack them in the places we think they’re vulnerable. We have to run our offense, that’s why we put it in.”

The coach believes one unit could end up making the difference in Friday’s game.
“In the first game of the season and nobody having a good look at the special teams unit. I think that’s going to be crucial because you can’t have your special teams in the scrimmage,” Parker said.
The Rebels as of Monday were still in search for a placekicker, possibly looking to fill the need by looking to the Rebels’ soccer program.
The game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at West Lincoln. by John Mark Brooks

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