Scott Central falls to No. 1 Philadelphia Tornadoes

By JAMES PHILLIPS,

The Scott Central Rebels and head coach Devin Cooper knew going in to last Friday’s Region 6 game, they would have to play their best football to leave Philadelphia with a district win. In a game that was much closer than the final score indicated, the visiting Rebels lost to the No. 1 Tornadoes 24-14.

“We knew we had our work cut out for us on defense, but our guys did a good job of keeping this a close game down to the end. We had multiple opportunities to take the lead in the second half, but just couldn’t take advantage of those opportunities,” Cooper said.

On multiple occasions the Rebels offense drove deep in to Tornado territory after big runs by Jalen Wells. Late in the first half the Rebels had shifted to a “wildcat” set with Wells taking direct snaps at quarterback.

This offensive set started to work in the second quarter, and after spotting Philadelphia and early 17-7 lead, the Rebels came roaring back to within three at 17-14 at the half.

Just before halftime the Rebels could not cash in the touchdown after a long Wells run had the Rebels within 10-yards of the goal line. This would be a missed opportunity that would hurt the Rebels in the end.

In the third quarter neither team was able to score, but once again the Rebels had their chances. Midway through the third quarter, another long Wells run had the Rebels in the redzone, but as would be the case all game, they were not able to finish the drive with a touchdown.

The homestanding Tornadoes tacked on a touchdown late in the fourth quarter after Scott Central was forced to go for it on 4th-down and long deep in their own territory.

The Rebels turned in a tremendous effort against the No. 1 team in Class 2A, but the missed opportunities led to a tough 24-14 district loss.

With the loss the Rebels fall to 5-2 overall, and 0-1 in Region 6.

Scott Central will host the winless Newton Tigers for homecoming on Thursday night in their second district game of the season.