Rebels lose homecoming game to Chapman

Lee Attaway For The Observer

September 23, 2013

PROSPERITY — Mid-Carolina celebrated homecoming Friday night by crowning Corbyn Fulmer homecoming queen. While the halftime court of queens went well, the Rebels lost to the Chapman Panthers 28-7.

Mid-Carolina received the opening kickoff but turned it over to the Panthers on downs at the Chapman 26-yard line. The first quarter proved to a punting game until Chapman intercepted a Rebel pass and returned it to the Mid-Carolina 28-yard line. The Panthers scored on the first play after the interception with 2:43 left in the first quarter.

After an unsuccessful attempt, Mid-Carolina punted to Chapman and Chapman drove to the end zone with 7:48 left in the half, taking the score to 14-0. After the kickoff and a number of penalties, Mid-Carolina had to punt to Chapman and put them inside their own 20-yard line. The Panthers offense drove all the way to the Rebels end zone, taking the score to 21-0.

The kickoff to Chapman to open the second half was an onside kick that Chapman covered up at the 49-yard line and subsequently scored, taking a commanding lead at 28-0.

On the kick-off, Mid-Carolina drove to the Chapman 20 but the Panthers intercepted and ran deep in to Mid-Carolina territory. A penalty brought it back to the Chapman 36 yard line. At midfield, Mid-Carolina recovered a fumble and then scored with 1:40 left in the third quarter, making the score 28-7.

On Chapman’s next drive, the Rebels recovered another fumble but were not able to capitalize on the turnover and had to punt. For the rest of the game the score remained the same and Chapman’s quarterback took a knee to end the game.

The Rebels travel to Chapin on Friday for the second annual Battle of the Bell. Mid-Carolina has the bell at this time and hopes to retain it for another year.