Rebels earn first win of the year

Published 11:49 pm Friday, September 23, 2011

By James Dubuisson | Special to the Advertiser

It has become a Thorsby tradition for the football players, cheerleaders and coaches to eat apples “under the shade tree” the Monday after a win. On Monday, the Rebels will be eating apples because they defeated Shades Mountain Christian 32-7 on Friday night.

The Rebels opened up the scoring 46 seconds after kickoff as sophomore quarterback Braden McCrae scored on a 12-yard run.

THS led 6-0 with 11:14 left in the game.

Stephen Mims, a senior who has not played since being injured in the first game of the year against Verbena, made the first of his three interceptions on the Eagles’ first drive of the game. The Rebels were forced to punt the ensuing drive.

Shades Mountain scored their only points of the game after a couple of missed tackles led to an 80-yard touchdown with 3:22 left in the first quarter.

The Eagles led the Rebels 7-6 at the end of the first quarter.

McCrae scored the first points of the second quarter with another touchdown run, this one from two yards out.

THS led 12-7 with 7:40 left on the clock.

Then Rebel receiver Matt Morgan caught a 38-yard touchdown pass from McCrae with 3:45 left in the first half to put the Rebels up 18-7.

On the next drive, the Eagles’ quarterback threw a pass that was tipped by his receiver. Morgan, who also starts on defense, intercepted the ball and returned it 63 yards for a touchdown.

The Rebels took a 25-7 lead into halftime.

The score would remain that way all the way up until there was less than a minute left in the game. Junior Nolan Hayes ran the ball in from the 12-yard line, putting the Rebels up 32-7.

McCrae had 277 total yards as he threw for 157 yards and ran for another 120.

The Rebels’ receiving corp was led by Mims and Morga. Mims had 84 yards receiving on seven catches, and Morgan had three receptions for 65 yards.