Rebel grid squad powered past Wabasso 20-13

By: Joel Herrig

Murray County News Staffwriter

Week seven of the high school football was supposed to get started a day earlier for the Rebels and the Wabasso Rabbits. That was until a power outage Thursday night caused the game to be suspended. It was the second time in three seasons something like this has happened to the Rebels. Two years ago the Rebels hosted the TMB Panthers in the opening round of the playoffs when a thunderstorm caused the game to be suspended at halftime. Well, this past week the Rebels and the Rabbits had to pick the game up with 7:04 to play in the first quarter. This was the final game for the Rebels against a section opponent and with the playoffs coming up in two weeks a win would be their fifth against section opponents and would put the Rebels in line to play for the District title this Wednesday night against the TMB Panthers.

The Rebels and the Rabbits on Thursday night had neither team scoring points. The Rebels avoided disaster with an early fumble but a Wabasso penalty wiped out a 27-yard touchdown run. The Rebels advanced the ball to the 47-yard line in Rabbit territory before the game was suspended. When the game started again on Friday afternoon the teams exchanged possessions without scoring points. The Rebels scored first late in the first quarter. The Rebels would get the ball at the Rabbit 40 yardline. After the first two plays of the drive went nowhere, the third play went the distance.

Mason Woldt completed a well-thrown pass to Danny Blankenship and the Rebels senior tight end did the rest scoring on a 40-yard touchdown with the Woldt extra point putting the Rebels on top 7-0.

The second quarter was all about the Rabbits who dominated the time of possession and the Rebels never seemed to have the ball. The Rabbits tied the game with 7:54 to play in the half. The Rabbits completed nine of 11  passes in the first half and they completed three big third-down passes to keep their drives alive. Carter Benz completed a seven-yard touchdown pass to Brock Rohlik, the extra point by Hugo Herdin tied the game. The Rabbits scored again one drive later with less than two minutes left in the half. Again it was Carter Benz completing a big pass on third down. Benz dropped back and found an open Colby Wall whose defender had slipped. Wall made the grab and scored to put the Rabbits on top but the extra point was missed. A penalty gave the Rabbits a chance to go for two, however, the Rebels stopped the play and Wabasso led going to halftime 13-7.

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