Kingsland, Strike too much for Rebels
SPRING VALLEY -- For the second straight year, Nick Strike of the Kingsland Knights did in the Southland Rebels.
Last year, Strike had 148 yards rushing and scored a pair of touchdowns as Kingsland beat Southland handily in the regular season finale.
The Knights repeated their success Wednesday night with a 42-26 win over the Rebels in Three Rivers Conference, South Division football. This was the second loss in a row and third in the last four games for the Rebels, who started the season at 3-0.
It looked like last season all over again, when Kingsland and its feature running back Strike were tearing up opponents en route to the state Class AA title game.
Things haven't come nearly so easily for Strike or his team this season, as they came into the final regular season contest at 1-6 overall and having scored just 91 points.
The Knights got almost half of that point total in Wednesday's win over the Rebels. Strike was the main culprit again, rushing for five touchdowns and 259 yards. That included a touchdown run of 59 yards.
Those gaudy rushing statistics were too much for the Southland defense, which gave up 20 points in the fourth quarter.
The Rebels had their best offensive results through the air. Southland quarterback Lee Kulow threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns, but was intercepted three times.
Southland (4-4, 1-3) will be on the road Tuesday night for the first round of the section playoffs.
Southland 7 6 7 6 -- 26
; Kingsland 0 19 3 20 -- 42;