The Rebels raced out to a 21-0 lead by the end of the first half and cruised to their fifth win of the season in Friday night’s 35-7 non-conference win over the Braves in Cherokee.
Senior quarterback Mason Huitt scored on a pair of one-yard runs in the first half and fellow senior Grayson Barkley, a running back, added a one-yard run touchdown run of his own that pushed West Lincoln ahead to the 21-point advantage at the break.
Huitt found sophomore Mason Avery on a 48-yard scoring strike in the third period to increase the lead to 28-0, and the Rebels got a second touchdown run from Barkley from two yards out to close out their scoring in the fourth quarter.
Hunter Leonhardt, 14 carries for 77 yards, and Barkley, 42 yards and two scores on 18 carries, helped lead the West Lincoln ball-control offense.
Huitt ran for 27 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 7 carries, while also completing all three of his pass attempts for 114 yards, including the 48-yard touchdown pass to Avery.
West Lincoln finished with 349 yards of total offense against the Braves, including 235 on the ground on 47 carries and four scores. Alex Gutierrez was 5 for 5 on extra points.
Defensively for the Rebels, Avery had 4 tackles, including one for a loss and a fumble recovery. Xandor Hedrick had 5 tackles, 2 assists and a tackle for loss, and Tubby Neal added 4 tackles, 1 assist and a sack.
West Lincoln (5-2, 4-2) will open the 2A state playoffs this Friday at Mount Pleasant. Cherokee (2-5, 2-4), failed to make the 1A playoffs.
(Published April 12, 2021)