ASHBURN -- Friday night was a long one with weather problems wreaking havoc throughout the area. But just after midnight Friday evening, the Turner County Rebels had secured their first win of a the season, a 20-12 win over the visiting Patriots of Wilcox County.
"It was a long night and it wasn't pretty," said head coach Erik Soliday. The Rebels scored early and were battling a charging Patriot offense when play was halted late in the first quarter. When play resumed nearly two hours later the Patriots seemed to have lost their momentum and the Rebels were able to take advantage.
By the end of the game just after midnight the Turner offense had accumulated 360 yards in total offense with 260 on the ground and just over 100 yards in the air.
The majority of the offensive firepower was generated by Chad Walker's 201-yard rushing performance on 26 carries.
"The line did a decent job of pushing people back and getting body on body," Soliday said, "and we're working to continue to get better position."
The Rebels continue their season Friday when they travel to Ocilla to take on the Irwin County Indians. It will be the season opener for the Indian squad.
Soliday admits that his Class A Rebels will have their hands full with the AA Indians.
"They're big and fast and strong," said Soliday. "We don't know how long we can keep it close, we just hope we can keep it close for a little while.
"We know we're not ready for them yet."
Even with the opening season win over Wilcox, Soliday admits that his team still has much improving to do.
"We're basically starting from scratch," he said. "We've got a long way to go and we've just got to be patient.
"The kids are working hard. Our goal is to get a little better every week. We'll have a chance if we can keep finding ways to improve."
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