JC-M Rebels continue in playoffs

The Jones County/Midland football players defeated the Lower Brule Sioux by one touchdown 26-20. The Tuesday, October 25, win allows the Rebels to continue their playoff bid toward state championship.

The game began quickly in the Rebels’ favor. Within the first four minutes of play, JC/M had reached the one yard line. Henry Ireland completed the charge, and Kevin Ball passed to Andrew Bork for the conversion. The Rebels took the lead 8-0. With three and a half minutes left in the first quarter, the Rebels were in trouble. Pushed back to their own eight yard line, Ball let loose with a pass to Ireland, who ran all the way down field for a 92 yard touchdown. The extra point attempt failed and the quarter ended 14-0.

The second quarter saw action, but no scoring.

The third quarter was a draw; with one touchdown and no extra points for both teams. At 5:05 on the clock, Jake Mathews culminated a Rebel drive with a two-yard run for six points. At 2:27 on the clock, Lower Brule then ended their own drive with a Kansas Middletent three-yard run for the Sioux’ first touchdown.

The fourth quarter put some Halloween fear into the Rebels. Less than three minutes into it, Middletent fired a pass to Kyal Middletent, who completed the 35 yard pass-play touchdown. The conversion pass was good. Only 2:31 remained in the game when Kyal Middletent caught another pass and ran 79 yards for a game-tying touchdown. The extra point attempt failed.

With only thirty eight seconds before a possible overtime, the Rebels looked over the 10 yards to the goal line. Mathews was given the ball, the offensive linemen did their jobs, and the yardage disappeared into a game-winning touchdown. The extra point attempt failed, but the game was essentially over at 26-20.

The Rebels completed five passes out of 13 for a total gain of 132 yards. Ireland caught two for 102 yards and Brian Feddersen caught one for 15 yards.

JC/M rushed 50 times for a total of 209 yards. The leaders were Mathews - 24 for 152, Ireland 13 for 40, Feddersen - 8 for 20.

The Rebels racked up 17 solo tackles and 41 assists. The two leaders were Ball and Ireland with one solo and nine assists each, and Feddersen with two solos and seven assists.

JC/M counted 10 first downs; seven through rushing, one through passing, and two because of opponent penalties. The Rebels had 11 penalties for a loss of 91 yards.