If one word could possibly describe the Mid-Carolina offense through the first three quarters of Friday night’s matchup against the Indian Land Warriors that would be the word. The Rebels (5-2, 2-1 in Region 3-2A) had five total plays of 30 yards or more and three 50-yard plus touchdown plays in their 28-23 defeat of the home team Warriors. It was Indian Land’s second home loss in as many games and marks the first time the Warriors (3-4, 2-2 Region 4-2A) have lost consecutive home games in more than a year.
Mid-Carolina coach Louie Alexander commented after the game on the difficulty of beating Indian Land at home.
“(Getting a win here) was tough,” he said. “They're physical and they're as scrappy a team as you're going to play”
The Rebels opened the game with a 40-yard pitch and catch between quarterback Corey Stone and wide receiver Mackenzie Flemon. Two plays later the pair hooked up again for a 30-yard touchdown. Midway through the second quarter Stone again hit Flemon for what looked to be a short gain. But before he hit the ground, Flemon pitched the ball to Cade Ruff who made his way up the left sideline untouched for a 50-yard run.
And if that wasn’t enough, three minutes later the Rebels made what may have been the play of the game. Deep in their own territory Stone tossed a short pass to running back Dee Lindler that looked stopped for a short gain. No. 24 shook his way out of a tackle and shot up the left sideline for a 98-yard touchdown.
The score going into the half was 21-10. Adding insult to injury the Rebels began the third quarter with a 76-yard touchdown run straight up the middle.
But that would be their last score.
The Warriors intercepted a Ruff pass attempt midway through the third quarter and marched down field for a touchdown to bring the score to 28-17. After an ineffective drive that saw four Mid-Carolina offensive penalties, the Warriors took over and orchestrated a drive that featured four first downs on four straight passing plays and culminated in a touchdown at the four minute mark.
The Warrior crowd could sense a comeback win brewing, particular after the defense forced a Rebels punt late in the fourth. But the Rebels defense managed to shut down the pivotal Warrior drive deep in Warrior territory to get the win.
Following the game Alexander expressed that there was work to do, particularly on defense, but he was happy with the hard-fought win. “To get out of here with a win after a two hour drive, we're pleased.”