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September 21, 2013

Turner makes big comeback in Rebels battle

ASHBURN — It was the battle of the Rebels Friday night as the Berrien Rebels traveled up for a game with the Turner County  Rebels. Last year, Turner won 34-8, but it has been a year of changes between both programs and the Ashburn team escaped a wild fourth quarter with a 41-34 victory.

Both squads have new coaches that has excitement buzzing around the town.  Ed Pilcher brought his undefeated crew and their triple option offense to test Turner and John Gamble. 

On the first drive of the game for Berrien, they marched 62 yards in 6:30 to score the first touchdown of the game when Quinton Tisby took it in from 10 yards out.  The kick was good, making it 7-0.  On the ensuing kickoff, Quan Hillmon took it to the end zone for an 83 yard touchdown, but the point after try was no good leaving Berrien up by a point. 

The visiting Rebels only took four plays to score their next touchdown on a drive covering 57 yards.  Tisby had another rushing touchdown from five yards out.  The kick was good for a 14-7 lead. Berrien scored on their next possession as well when Tisby recorded his third touchdown, this time a three yard run, and they were up 21-6.

Berrien's took over again after an interception of Rob Calhoun, but Turner's defense held. On fourth and 13 at their own 30, they lined up to punt, but the snap went high and the punter kicked the ball out of the endzone for a safety.

Turner County then took the ensuing possession and went 44 yards in seven plays, capped by Calhoun connecting with Nate Martin in the corner for a seven yard score.  Oscar Velasco’s kick was good and the lead was trimmed to 21-15 at halftime.

The first half stats were dominated by Berrien, who had 157 rush yards on 34 carries and were 4-4 for 57 receiving. Turner was 10-30 running the ball and 5-7 passing for 97 yards.

Turner would punt in the third and Berrien returned it to the 16, but the defense held on and Berrien missed a field goal. They were not able to capitalize, though, as Calhoun fumbled and Berrien picked it up and took it in for the 14-yard touchdown. They would miss the point after attempt, leaving the score 28-15.

The next drive for Turner saw them score when on third and 14, Hillmon caught a pass from Quan Williams for a 72-yard score. The kick was good and the lead trimmed to 28-22 with four minutes left in the third.

Berrien pushed the lead again on in the fourth quarter on Tisby's fourth touchdown, this one from 38 yards out, but again missed the point after. With eight minutes to go, they were up, 34-22.

Turner went 53 yards in nine plays in two minutes. Williams ran in it from the eight and after Velasco's kick, the lead was down to 34-29.

Williams connected with Martin on a 37-yard touchdown pass on fourth and 10. The two-pointer missed, but they had the lead for the first time, 35-34.

Berrien started their drive on their on 20, with only 1:55 on the clock. Yousef Muhammad came up big with a seven-yard sack and following two incompletions had a fourth and 17. Montez Galmer knocked the pass down at the line of scrimmage, forcing the turnover on downs.

Williams then ran it in from the eight to increase the margin to 41-34 with only five seconds left.

Turner County, now 2-2, finished with 30 carries for 113 yards rushing.Three different quarterbacks threw for 285 yards on 12 of 23 passing.

Martin caught seven passes for 100 yards and completed a pass of his own for 55 yards. Antazio Dawson had 87 yards on three catches. Williams rushed for 34 yards and two touchdowns, was 7-13 passing for 162 (two touchdowns), had a kickoff return score and had a 72-yard touchdown.

Berrien, 3-1, had 187 yards on 49 carries. They were 5-10 passing for 76 yards.

Turner will start region 2-A play next week hosting Lanier County for homecoming.

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