Rebels hold off Meadowview

Coosa Valley senior Hunter Rowe avoids a Meadowview tackler in the Rebels' win on homecoming night Oct. 1. (Reporter Photo/Steven Kilpatrick)

By STEVEN KILPATRICK / Staff Writer

HARPERSVILLE — The Coosa Valley Academy Rebels held off a fourth-quarter rally Oct. 1 to beat the Meadowview Trojans 49-34.

The Trojans defense could not handle the rushing attack of the Rebels. Meadowview allowed Coosa Valley to score on every drive in the first half, including an 80-yard run by senior quarterback John Bullen.

The Coosa Valley defense allowed only one score late in the second quarter to head into the locker room with a 42-7 lead. Coosa Valley racked up 320 yards rushing in the first half alone, led by Bullen’s 150 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.

With a big lead at the half, Coosa Valley let most of the starters rest to start the second half.  With the Rebels’ first team on the sidelines, it was time for the Trojans to get to work.

After giving up a score on the first drive of the third quarter, Meadowview went on to score 27 unanswered points on their next four drives. However, the late scoring frenzy was too little, too late for the Trojans in this matchup as the clock expired.

“We did what we were supposed to do tonight,” said Coosa Valley coach Vince DiLorenzo. “We got out ahead early and played like we were supposed to play. Our kids know how they played, so we will get ready for Sparta next week.”

Coosa Valley ended the night with 410 total yards, with 347 of those coming on the ground. The Rebels (5-1 overall, 3-0 in AISA Class 1A, Region 1) head to Sparta Academy in their next game Oct. 8 to take on the Warriors.