By BRAD CROWE – Dispatch Staff
Points were hard to come
by on a muddy turf during Friday night’s home game for Richton, but the ones they did come up with were enough, as the Rebels came away with a 6-0 victory over the Puckett Wolves.
The Rebels’ defense shined in the team’s second straight win, allowing only a handful of first downs and forcing three turnovers — the last of which was a fumble recovery by Seth Mills on the Wolves’ 1-yard . That set up a push into the end zone by Richton’s Avery Carter for the only points of the night.
The Wolves forced a turnover of their own in the final two minutes, allowing them to make one last push deep into Rebel territory with a chance to tie or take the lead. But Richton’s defense stood its ground, stopping the Wolves on a fourth-down conversion attempt to regain possession and allow the home team to drain the rest of the clock for the win.
fter an 0-2 start to the season, the Rebels are now 2-2, which head coach Stephen Rice says is a testimony to the team’s resilience and will to win.
“That’s what this team is about,” Rice said. “We’ve played some 2A and 3A teams that are bigger than us with more kids and more athletes, so this just shows how resilient this team is, how gritty these kids are and how bad they want to win.”
See more details in next week’s Dispatch.