Rebels stay perfect with road win


CHATFIELD — The Southland Rebels stayed unbeaten with a come-from-behind 13-7 win over the Chatfield Gophers on Friday night.

Rebels running back Jake Chapek had another huge night running the ball, and his touchdown in the fourth quarter was the difference. The Southland defense gave up one touchdown in the first quarter and then shut down the Chatfield offense the rest of the way.

Chatfield (2-3) took the early lead on a 38-yard touchdown run by Nic Obey in the first quarter. Southland tied the game in the second quarter on a 99-yard touchdown run by Chapek.

"After they scored the touchdown, we dug in and played physical," Southland coach Shawn Kennedy said. "In three of our five games, we’ve been down a touchdown but the kids just don’t quit. That 99-yard run by Chapek was pure athleticism. He hit the hole, bounced off some guys and took off."


The Rebels had a chance to take the lead late in the second quarter, but fumbled on the Gophers’ 3-yard line.

The weather conditions contributed to a sloppy offensive performance as the Rebels dropped some passes and quarterback Cody Kirkpatrick had trouble finding receivers. The Rebels only had 10 yards passing in the Three Rivers Conference, South Division game.

"It was a tough game on the road, but we pulled it out," Kennedy said. "They put 8-9 guys in the box to stop Chapek, but I don’t have a problem with playing smash-mouth football. Their defense played awesome, and we had to make some halftime adjustments to be more successful with the run. We have an athletic offensive line, and it’s just common sense to use them."

Despite the lack of an effective passing attack, the Rebels had no trouble running the ball in the second half. Chapek had a total of 249 yards rushing on 26 carries, and he scored the winning touchdown early in the fourth quarter.

The Rebels amassed a total of 322 yards on the ground, with the final rushing statistics coming on a drive that killed the clock to end the game. After a Chatfield punt, Southland got the ball at its own 40-yard line with three minutes to play.

"Our goal on the last drive was to make them burn time-outs and try to run the clock out," Kennedy said. "We got the ball and kept grinding it out. We got a couple of first downs and they had to use the time-outs. I told the guys to stay focused, and we just kept running behind that line."

Southland (5-0, 2-0 TRC South) travels to Spring Valley next Friday to play the Kingsland Knights.

Southland 0 7 0 6 — 13


Chatfield 7 0 0 0 — 7

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