By Joel Herrig
Murray County News Sports
The MCC Rebels were back at home Friday night after back to back trips to New Ulm. The Rebels came into Friday night with four wins and one loss on the year with three games to play. The Rebels’ easiest opponent left on the schedule was Friday night’s opponent Sleepy Eye.
The Indians entered the game in Slayton with five losses. They were coming off their toughest loss of the season when they took the lead with a minute to play only to give up a touchdown in the closing seconds to lose. The Indians were as healthy has they have been all year against the Rebels and it just didn’t seem to matter as the Rebels took care of business picking up the win.
The first half much like a week ago was dominated by the Rebels. MCC’s defense shut down the Indians running game and didn’t allow the Indians to get comfortable in the passing game. The Rebels scored one touchdown in each quarter of this game. In the first, their first points came from a good punt return by Dylan Johnson which was followed by a couple good runs by Dylan and Aaron Johnson. They would get inside the five yard line where Blake Schmitz scored on a one yard run. The Indians were called for off sides on the two point conversion allowing the Rebels to get inside the two yard line and Aaron Johnson scored making the score 8-0.
The Rebels defense made the next two biggest plays with Kyler Deacon and Brayden Ahlers each getting interceptions. The Rebels failed to score after Deacon’s but the Rebels went on a 50-yard drive after Ahlers. They finished the drive with Dylan Johnson scoring from nine yards out. He ran the ball in and scored the two-point conversion on the next play. The Rebels led 16-0 at that point.
They allowed the Indians to pick up just 59 yards in total offense in the first half. MCC’s defense kept the Indians contained and didn’t allow them to find much room to run. The Rebels physical play stood out even at positions where the Indians had the bigger players.
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