In front of a large home crowd at West Lincoln, the Rebels won a non-conference game against the Bessemer City Yellow Jackets by a score of 25-7.
West Lincoln remains undefeated, with a 3-0 record. The much-improved Rebels have a good chance to improve their record to 4-0 this Friday when they will host Cherryville in another non-conference game.
A win Friday would match their best start since they went 4-0 in 2001.
The Rebels used a powerful running game, lead by juniors, Gene Arp and Paul Chambers.
Both rushed for over 100 yards, with Chambers scoring two touchdowns, and Arp scoring once.
After the game, head coach Butch Parker praised his Rebel linemen for their fine job.
A big concern for West Lincoln was the huge line of Bessemer City, but The rebel line was much better.
West Lincoln wasted no time showing their power, scoring on a 46-yard run by Chambers. The extra point was good by Daniel Scronce.
The Rebels went 69 yards on four plays in less than two minutes, making the score 7-0.
After the early score, both teams had trouble moving the football. The next six possessions saw both teams punting three times each.
With the Yellow Jackets trailing midway through the second quarter, their offense began an eight-play drive lead by senior running back Shane Whitlock.
Whitlock scored on a fourth down play, rushing 16 yards for a touchdown, making the score 7-6. The extra point was good.
With the game tied, sophmore Ben Poole raced 50 yards on a kickoff return, giving the Rebels good field position.
Six plays later, the Rebels scored on a one-yard run by quarterback Taylor Woodie. The extra point kick was no good, making the score 13-7.
After the kickoff, Bessemer City tried a halfback pass. The pass was picked off by Poole, giving West one last shot at scoring before halftime. The Rebels failed to score as time ran out.
At the beginning of the second half, the Rebels recovered a Bessemer City fumble on the opening kickoff. West went on a five-play drive covering 49 yards. Gene Arp scored on a four-yard run making the score 19-7.
Now leading by 12 points, the Rebel defense took over shutting down Bessemer City`s leading rusher Shane Whitlock and allowing only one first down in the second half.
The Rebels closed out the scoring in the forth quarter with a 10-play drive covering 44 yards. Paul Chambers scored the final touchdown as he rumbled 10 yards, making the score 25-7.
Bessemer City`s last possession came to an end when Rebel safety Heath Cole picked off a Yellow Jacket pass. The Rebels then ran out the clock giving them the victory. Coach Parker was very pleased with the defense and overall team effort.
Notes: The West Lincoln JV will not play this week. (No Cherryville JV team). The JV Rebels will play at North Gaston on Thursday Sep. 16 at 7 p.m. by Rick Mitchem and Jonathan Scronce