Gilbert triumphs over Mid-Carolina

Lee Attaway For The Observer

September 9, 2013

GILBERT — Mid-Carolina High School Rebels dropped its gridiron match with the Gilbert Indians, 38-14. Mid-Carolina received the opening kick but was unable to move the ball.

They punted to the Indians who scored on their drive. After the score, the Rebels used a lot of the play clock and carried the ball into the second quarter. They did score but failed to make the extra point. On Gilbert’s next possession, they were forced to punt.

Mid-Carolina took advantage of the shift to offense and drove in for the score. A completed two point conversion put Mid-Carolina ahead 14-7 with 2:53 left in the first half. The Rebels needed only 1:20 of that to score and knot the score at 14-14.

Gilbert received the kickoff at the beginning of the second half and drove into the end zone to pull ahead 21-14 after a successful PAT. The Rebels then drove the ball inside the Indian 30 yard line but turned the ball over on an interception.

Mid-Carolina returned the favor at the beginning of the fourth quarter, intercepting a pass near midfield, but was unable to capitalize on it. Gilbert then completed a pass that was deflected several times by both sides before being caught by a Gilbert player. He was finally brought down at the 13-yard line.

Gilbert scored on the drive, pulling ahead 28-14. Mid-Carolina fumbled the ball behind the line on its next possession and it was recovered by Gilbert. The Indians scored again, taking the score to 35-14 after a successful PAT.

Mid-Carolina moved the ball down the field but a late hit on playcaller Austin Shealy sent him off the field on a stretcher.

Several plays later, Gilbert intercepted another pass but Mid-Carolina was able to hold them to a field goal, with 2:07 left in the game. Mid-Carolina was unable to reach the goal line before the clock ran out.

The Rebels moved the ball well with 71 plays, 102 yards passing, and 155 rushing yards.