Rebels dominate Bruce 55-6 in first round win


Sports by James Phillips


The Scott Central Rebels came ready to play for their 2A first round playoff game against overmatched Bruce High School last Friday night. The Rebels came out of the gate fast and hot and never slowed down or looked back. The Rebels have been explosive on offense all season long and they put on another offensive display last Friday night beating visiting Bruce 55-6.

Rebels head coach Devine Cooper has been telling his team that this is the time of year that they need to be playing their best football, and his team is responding. Scott Central bullied their way to a 9-0 record before falling in late October to Pelahatchie. “That loss brought the boys and the coaches back down to Earth,” Cooper said. “I believe it brought us together and we worked hard on some things that needed work and it has really showed.”

Throughout the 2018 season the Rebels used their offense that has the ability to score on any given play accompanied by a swarming and stingy defense to overwhelm most of their opponents. It was no different this past Friday night as the Rebels jumped out to a 21-0 lead after the first quarter and never slowed down.

They would go on to add another 27 unanswered points in the second quarter to head into half time with a commanding 48-0 lead. 

When the teams came out after the half the Rebels slowed down the attack, but most likely could have scored at will. The Rebels would score 7 points in the third to leave the score at 55-0 after the quarter. Late in the game Bruce finally got on the board and the when the final horn sounded the homestanding Rebels had a dominating first round playoff victory.

The Rebels were led on offense by sophomore QB Treyon Wash and senior RB Vontae McDonald. Wash threw for 129 yards and 1 TD through the air and ran for another 54 yards and 2 TDs. McDonald was an offensive spark as well as a special-teams standout on the night and accounted for the most exciting play of the game when he returned a Bruce kickoff 83 yards for a touchdown. McDonald added a TD reception and accounted for 168 all purpose yards.

Scott Central found paydirt early and often throughout the game and six different Rebels scored TDs including: Hydee Barlow, Jabrelyn Vivians, Jeremiah Ousley and Navonteque Stong.

Strong also anchored the defense that did not allow any meaningful points during this first round blowout. He would finish the night with 10 total tackles and 4 of those were for a loss of yardage.

Scott Central has played through a tough 2A football gauntlet during the last two months and came through almost unscathed. The lone loss to undefeated Pelahatchie is the only loss on their 2018 football resume, but since that loss the Rebels appear to be playing some of their best football at exactly the right time. Coach Cooper knows that is exactly what his team must keep doing if they want to continue to move on in the playoffs.

“It’s crucial that we focus on the team that we are playing each week and play our best,” Cooper said. “This time of year the teams that stay focused and play their best are the teams that will come out on top and move on.”

The Rebels have obviously taken what Coach Cooper is saying to heart and will look to keep playing at the high level they have shown us over the last two weeks.

The Rebels move on to round two of the state 2A playoffs to host South Delta out of Rolling Fork. The Bulldogs come into the game with a 7-4 season record and defeated Leflore County 48-16 in round one of the playoffs.

The second round playoff game is set to kickoff at 7:00 p.m. at Scott Central.