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Rebels Advance

web posted November 10, 2018

SPORTS - The physical differences between the teams was quite noticeable when the Battling Bishops from Bishop England High School made the trip from Charleston to Johnston to take on the hometown Rebels.  The difference would play out on the scoreboard as the beefier, Strom Thurmond team exerted their physical dominance on the gridiron.

Thurmond won the coin toss and elected to defer to the second half.  The first Bishop England drive stalled, forcing the Bishops to punt.  The punt was blocked and the Rebels who recovered the ball on the Bishop England 17 yard line. Two plays later, QB Jequan Harris scored on a 9 yard touchdown run.  On the extra point attempt, Bledsoe's kick missed, and the score was 6-0.

After Bishop England failed to convert a first down, the Rebels began a very methodical and physical drive utilizing their backfield.  Going nearly the length of the field, they appeared poised to score again, but Harris threw an interception at the Bishop 14 yard line.  Just two plays later, and Bishop quarterback, Eddie Marinaro threw an interception to CB Robert West at the Bishop 18 yard line.

Thurmond RB Stanley Hill then caught a Harris pass and completed the journey to the end zone.  The point after was good, and with 4:17 left in the first quarter, the score stood at 13-0.

On the next Thurmond drive, before the end of the first quarter, Jequan Harris would find his way into the endzone from 3 yards out.  Again, the extra point attempt failed, and the score was 19-0.

Early in the second quarter, Bishop England was punting from deep in their own territory, when a high snap sailed over the kicker's head.  Rebel DE Willie Bonds grabbed up the ball and ran in for a touchdown.  A two point conversion was attempted by Thurmond, but the Bishops denied the extra points, leaving the score at 25-0.

A few plays later, Thurmond CB Robert West intercepted a Marinaro pass for a 35 yard, pick six, scamper, pushing the Rebels up by another conversion.  Another 2 point attempt failed and the score was 31-0.

Thurmond's next possession was capped off with a 2 yard touchdown run by RB Stanley Hill.

Before heading to the locker room at halftime, two significant things happened.  The Bishops moved the ball into Thurmond territory, and the Rebels punted for the first time that evening.  Neither event changed anything on the scoreboard, and the tally at halftime was 31-0.

Backup quarterback Patrick Westbrook came into the game for the Rebels in the third quarter.  Before the night was over Devontae Ellis would catch a 31 yard touchdown pass and Antorion Nerulus would have an amazing, 72 yard, touchdown run.

The final score was 52-0.

With the Bishops out of the way, the Rebels will take on the Red Devils of Wade Hampton High School next Friday in Johnston for the second round of the state AAA playoffs.

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