By getting an early lead against the Warriors, Rebel Junior Head Coach Spencer Hill was able to substitute more freely. His subs rewarded him by continuing to score as the Junior Rebs beat Westside 38-6 in Jonesboro on Oct. 1.
"You want your eight-graders to get out there and still play hard and execute the offense. Execute what they've learned," said Hill. "Our second line went in there and played great. Our offense has a lot of traps, their pulling, zone steps. There is a lot of things our lineman have to think about. They executed great. We had holes all night long."
Freshman Xavier Weiand scored on Highland's first two possessions -- a 22-yard twisting and turning TD at the 5:37 mark and a 7-yard TD run with 3:29 left in the first. Quarterback Quinton Maag threw two 2-point conversion passes to Ethan Hoppe and Michael Copeland for a 16-0 advantage. Copeland set up the second score by intercepting a Brad House pass.
The Westside offense put together an 11-play drive, but could not punch it into the end zone.
Sterling Stowers rumbled for a 74-yard touchdown run on the second play of the next series. Maag's 2-point conversion pass to Kyle Brison made the score 24-0.
Maag's replacement, Kamran Seat, found the end zone on a 7-yard run for the 30-0 lead with less than three minutes left in the third.
The Warriors got on the scoreboard after an 11-play drive when House hit Josh Farmer on an eight-yard pass to cut the lead to 30-6.
Blake Howard concluded the scoring with a 12-yard run and Justin Henry added the 2-point conversion.
Stowers led the Junior Rebs with 104 yards on five carries.