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Rebels suffer tight loss to Faith, 29-24

The Jones County/Midland Rebels’ second football game of the season was an admirably close one. On Friday, September 9, they lost to the Faith Longhorns 24-29.

Five minutes into the first quarter, a Longhorn drive was completed for a touchdown when Garret Fordyce ran in the four remaining yards. The extra point attempt failed. With only a minute left in the same quarter, Ryan Palmer ran seven yards to score a Longhorn second touchdown. Again, the extra point attempt was stopped by the Rebels.

Within three minutes of the second quarter, the Rebels’ Brian Fedderson forced a one yard run on the Longhorn’s home field to put the Rebels on the scoreboard. The extra point attempt failed. Faith’s Blair Cooks’ 38 yard run and Palmer’s extra point conversion run put the score at 20-6. Playing with just six seconds left in the first half, Rebels’ Kevin Bale passed to Andre Bork for a 70 yard touchdown. The extra point attempt failed and the half ended 20-12.

The second half began fast. Within a minute, Longhorns’ Palmer made a 40 yard run to the goal and Cook kicked in the extra point. In less than a minute and a half, Rebel’s Jake Mathews scored off of a 32 yard run. The extra point attempt failed. The Rebels held the Longhorns, while Mathews later made a 58 yard run to score again. The extra point attempt failed. The third quarter ended 24-27.

The fourth quarter only had one score, but had some exciting moments. Faith forced a safety against Jones County/Midland for two points. With only three seconds remaining, and with only a five point lead, the Longhorns punted. The Rebels blocked the punt, recovered it in the air, and began running downfield. The Longhorn’s brought down the Rebel runner at the 15 yard line to save their lead and win the game.

The Rebels rushed 38 times for a total gain of 176 yards. Mathews carried the ball 15 times for 133 yards and Henry Ireland carried it 15 times for 39 yards. The Longhorns rushed 51 times for 215 yards. The Rebels passed four times to gain 88 yards. Bork caught three for 82 yards, while Ireland caught one for six yards. The Rebels were intercepted once.

The Rebels performed 16 solo tackles and had 81 assists. Kirk Byrd led with three solos and 22 assists, while Henry Ireland had 2 solos and 11 assists.

The Rebels completed eight first downs rushing and one by passing. The Rebels lost 40 yards because of six penalties.

The Jones County/Midland Rebels will celebrate their homecoming next Friday, September 16, and host White River for the 7:00 p.m. game.