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Reeltown’s offense dominates Goshen, 42-0

By Lizi Arbogast

For Central Alabama Scoreboard

REELTOWN – When a game is as lopsided as Reeltown’s victory over Goshen on Friday night, it’s easy to focus on how flashy the offense was. And the Rebels certainly delivered with many highlight-worthy plays. However, it was the defense that got it all started.

On the opening play, Goshen got into enemy territory. But it didn’t last long. Just as quickly, Reeltown made up for its early errors with a touchdown from Zy Collins, who returned it 40 yards back into Goshen territory. From there, Reeltown reeled off six touchdowns in the first quarter alone and finished off a 42-0 victory.

“The very first play of the game we had just a little breakdown; it was just a misread,” Rebel coach Matt Johnson said. “Zy had a great effort those and made up a misread on the back and made the tackle. Then two plays later, he picked the ball off and almost runs it back for a touchdown. You say all the time in the secondary to have a short memory, and that’s the epitome of that.”

Although Reeltown’s offense punched in touchdown after touchdown, it was the defense that enabled the Rebels to do just that. In addition to Collins’ interception, Reeltown forced two other turnovers with fumble recoveries by Arthur Woods. Thirteen different Rebels recorded tackles in the opening frame, led by Matt Knox, who racked up five. 

“That just shows that people are flying to the football,” Johnson said. “When you’ve got 11 guys swarming to the ball, mistakes are going to happen within the play but effort and relentlessness on defense will make up for that. When you have 13 different guys making tackles in the first quarter, that’s a good sign of that. We got to play a lot of people and we got in a good rotation on defense even early in the game.”

And the offense matched its defense tit-for-tat with touchdowns flying around all over the place. The ground game was the go-to at the start as Jeffrey Thompson, Scooter Brooks and Hornsby scoring rushing touchdowns of 19, 6 and 1 yards, respectively, to build up a 20-0 lead before six minutes had even come off the clock. 

Reeltown continued the onslaught when Gabe Benton found Marcus Haynes for a 40-yard score. Woods then got in on the offensive fun with back-to-back scores to close out the first quarter. 

“Arthur is a sophomore and he starts on both sides of the football,” Johnson said. “Once we had a pretty substantial lead, we put him at running back because he has gotten some reps there. He’s really a quiet kid but he’s got that second gear; he’s one of the most explosive players we have as far as pound for pound.” 

Several other Reeltown youngsters got to contribute and Johnson was going to his eighth-graders as early as the start of the second quarter. Joe Joe Green was an obvious standout at running back, and he, along with many others, proved the future is bright for the Rebels. 

Reeltown has a week off before taking on Trinity for Homecoming, and it was especially key for the Rebels to get back on the winning track before taking on the latter half of the season.

“The message and the goal was to come out, play fast and physical,” Johnson said. “That’s our brand of football, and I felt like we did that tonight. We got a lot of young guys in the game and some talented young guys, and they played well. It wasn’t a sloppy game when they came in; they played good football tonight.” 

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