Rebels fall at Marion

Published 11:53 pm Friday, September 2, 2011

By Shane Gaut | Selma Times-Journal

The Thorsby Rebels traveled to Marion Friday night looking to stop a powerful Ram rushing attack, but the Rebels, (0-2) on the season, had no answer for the Rams’ offense as they fell 68-28.

Thorsby coach Billy Jackson said his team didn’t play well enough to win.

“All I know is we had our rear ends handed to us tonight,” Jackson said. “Hopefully we’ll bounce back next week and be a little more fired up.”

Francis Marion (2-0) scored on its first three possessions to make it a 20-0 game before the Rebels put a point on the board.

Francis Marion coach Javaris Jackson said his team was on a mission, and now looks ahead to next week.

“We played with passion tonight. These boys remembered the 37-14 loss at Thorsby last year and came out hungry for a win,” Jackson said. “We head to Tuscaloosa next week to take on American Christian Academy who is number four in the state. If we play with the passion we played with tonight, we’ll win that game too.”

Thorsby quarterback Tyler Jones threw a quick pass to Jared Harper in the flat and Harper was able to sprint 20 yards for a Rebel touchdown with 1:09 left in the first quarter to make the score 20-6.

The Rebels would never get any closer.

The Rams rushed at will, cutting the Rebel defense like a hot knife through butter and racked up over 450 yards on the ground, not to mention 76 yards through the air.

Of the Rams three 100-yard rushers, fullback Demetre Williams led the Rams with 125 yards on the night with his longest being an 82 yard scamper for a touchdown.

Kenneth Mickens finished with 111 yards and Toriance Herring piled up 125 of his own for the Rams.

Francis Marion led 44-6 at the half and began to sub players beginning in the third quarter.