Big fourth quarter secures Thorsby win

Published 12:39 am Saturday, August 26, 2017

The Thorsby Rebels earned a 32-7 victory over Prattville Christian to open the 2017 football season on Aug. 25.

All of Thorsby’s points came in the fourth quarter with both sides of the ball contributing to the scorebook.

The defense left its mark on the game in more ways than one.

According to Thorsby head coach Daryl Davis, the defense kept the Rebels (1-0) in the game and proved to be the difference.

Not only did the Rebel defense limit Prattville Christian to seven points, but also frustrated them with a multitude of turnovers that resulted into points at the other end.

Thorsby scored three defensive touchdowns on the night.

The Rebel ball hawks included Tyler Jackson with pair of interceptions and one returned 40 yards for a touchdown, as well as Brent Jones and Kane Belk who returned fumbles for scores.

Bailey Cleckler and Belk also joined the interception party with one each.

“They didn’t hang their heads, and it paid off,” Davis said. “They kept on fighting until the end.”

Jacob Lockhart kicked off barrage of points with a screen pass taken 50 yards to the end zone.

Starting quarterback Christian Fortner also added a 67-yard touchdown run a little later in the quarter.

The win gives the Thorsby Rebels some early season momentum to carry into their next match up on the road against Pickens County on Sept. 1.

“It’s just good for the kids,” Davis said.