Rebels fall 44-7 to Chapin to open season

By Elyssa Parnell - eparnell@civitasmedia.com
Dee Lindler scores for the Mid-Carolina High School Rebels on Friday night at Chapin. - Elyssa Parnell | The Newberry Observer
Rebel Quarterback Corey Stone looks for a gap to pass. - Elyssa Parnell | The Newberry Observer
Mid-Carolina High School cheerleaders were excited for the start of football season. - Elyssa Parnell | The Newberry Observer
Mid-Carolina had a good following of fans Friday night in Chapin for the start of their season. - - Elyssa Parnell | The Newberry Observer

By Elyssa Parnell

eparnell@civitasmedia.com

Dee Lindler scores for the Mid-Carolina High School Rebels on Friday night at Chapin.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_RebelTD.jpgDee Lindler scores for the Mid-Carolina High School Rebels on Friday night at Chapin. Elyssa Parnell | The Newberry Observer

Rebel Quarterback Corey Stone looks for a gap to pass.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_Corey-Stone-looks-for-gap.jpgRebel Quarterback Corey Stone looks for a gap to pass. Elyssa Parnell | The Newberry Observer

Mid-Carolina High School cheerleaders were excited for the start of football season.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_MCcheer.jpgMid-Carolina High School cheerleaders were excited for the start of football season. Elyssa Parnell | The Newberry Observer

Mid-Carolina had a good following of fans Friday night in Chapin for the start of their season.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_MCfans.jpgMid-Carolina had a good following of fans Friday night in Chapin for the start of their season. Elyssa Parnell | The Newberry Observer

CHAPIN — Despite their efforts, the Mid-Carolina High School Rebels fell to the Chapin Eagles on Friday night with a final score of 44-7.

Head Coach Louie Alexander said the team would be hydrating and conditioning more after the amount of cramps the team had during Friday’s game.

“Honestly we were in pretty good shape coming in, but the cramps should have been a non-factor with the temperature,” Alexander said. “It wasn’t really humid.”

After the coin toss, the Eagles elected to receive the ball. The Eagles had a good return on the opening drive, but a penalty brought the ball back to the Eagle’s 15 yard line.

With good defense by the rebels, it was fourth and four with Chapin set to punt. The rebels started the next drive on their own 30 yard line with 10:43 left in the first quarter.

The first points on the board began with Logan Bailey for the Eagles ran two yards for a touchdown, with a failed two-point conversion, bringing the score to 6-0 with 3:09 left in the first quarter.

The game remained at 6-0 until Bailey came on another quarterback keeper to score and convert the PAT making the score 13-0 with 9:39 left in the second quarter.

The Rebels started the next drive on their own 39, with pass interference and penalties on the Eagles giving the Rebels a first down on the Eagles 24. After having a touchdown come back for a block in the back, the Rebels had a third and seven on the Eagles 21 yard line.

A successful pass from MC quarterback Corey Stone to Dee Lindler, the PAT was successful allowing the Rebels to cut the lead 13-7 with 7:40 left in the second quarter.

The Rebels were scoreless the rest of the game, as the Eagles racked up points.

Alexander said a lot of their players were all going down at the same time and while it looked sloppy, he said their backups were having to be put in for backups to continue Friday night.

Although having a strong first half, Alexander said when they came into the second half to open the series they fumbled the ball.

“On the second play we turned it over, on the third play we turned it over,” Alexander said. “I don’t know if it’s a mesh problem or a contact on the football, but regardless, turning it over is something we can’t do.”

Alexander said he was proud of quarterback Corey Stone for his performance Friday night.

“The first half he threw where he was supposed to, his reads were clear,” Alexander said. “He just missed on a couple of deep balls.”

The biggest thing from Friday night’s game that Alexander said he was taking away was that they just did not run the ball really well.

“We came in, thought we were going to be able to run a little bit, but then we realized really quickly with the three offensive lineman that were playing defense that we were going to have to go another direction,” Alexander said.

That was something Alexander said they would begin working on Monday at practice.

“We’ve just got to bring it a bit more,” Alexander said.

Reach Elyssa Parnell at 803-276-0625, ext. 1868, or on Twitter @TheNBOnews.

Reach Elyssa Parnell at 803-276-0625, ext. 1868, or on Twitter @TheNBOnews.