Stronger Rebels conclude spring

Published 10:11 pm Monday, May 24, 2010

Several Thorsby Rebels have spent long hours in the weight room during the off season, and this was evident Monday during the Rebels’ spring scrimmage.

Eric Camarillo, Marcus Bray and Andrew Farris all have bulked up, as have others, but coach Billy Jackson reminded them that they must train consistently to be in shape for the upcoming season.

“We’re much further along this spring than we were last spring,” Jackson said, “but we’ve still got a long way to go.”

Forty-eight players suited up Monday, and Jackson said he wants to see all of them on the field this fall. In the meantime, they must work to build endurance and know where to line up defensively and offensively.

The players seemed to be pretty evenly matched Monday, as the White Rebels tied the Maroon Rebels 18-18. Bray was a standout on the field, scoring all of the touchdowns for the White team.

But it wasn’t just the veteran players who drew attention Monday.

“We saw some kids that kind of surprised us,” Jackson said.

Perhaps the least experienced part of the team is the offensive line. With only two out of five offensive linemen returning from last year, the Rebels certainly must rely on players to step up to leadership roles.

“I’m proud of our team,” Jackson said. “We’ve got 48 kids, and I think our program will be making strides if we can keep them all out.”