Gillespie runs for 349 as Rebels scorch Southwest Georgia, 48-12

Senior QB Christian Gillespie fights for some of his game high 349 yards on Friday night

Senior QB Christian Gillespie fights for some of his game high 349 yards on Friday night

Donnell Suggs
Sports Editor

The Chambers Academy Rebels defeated the visiting Southwest Georgia Academy Warriors by 37 points on Friday night and as odd as this following statement may sound had to fight for their seventh victory of the season, the game was much closer than the score indicates.

The first quarter ended with the Warriors-in town from Damascus, Ga.-down by a point, 16-15, after having had scored the game’s initial touchdown. What followed was two quarters of dominance by the Rebels (7-3) that once again re-established their rushing reputation. The Rebels would outscore their guest 48-12 during the second and third quarters before sharing a scoreless fourth quarter with SWGA.

Junior quarterback Malik Lyons picks up a few of his 49 yards with the help of a Jamie Brown block

Junior quarterback Malik Lyons picks up a few of his 49 yards with
the help of a Jamie Brown block

Chambers Academy would finish the game with 623 rushing yards and amazingly only 48 of those yards belong to junior quarterback Malik Lyons. The bulk of the damage was done by backs Christian Gillespie and Johntavious Flournoy. Gillespie, a senior, ran for 349 of those yards on 21 carries. For anyone out there doing the math that’s a 16.6 yards per carry average. Roughly a first down and a half every time he touched the ball. Flournoy, a junior and by all accounts the future recipient of the bulk of the carries next season, topped out at a 16.9 yards per carry pace on Friday, finishing the game with 186 yards on 11 carries.

Gillespie scored five times while Flournoy contributed three touchdowns (along with five tackles on defense). Two of which came on runs of 50 and 88 yards, respectively. Senior tight end Jamie Brown got in on the act too, catching one of the two Lyons completions for a 25 yard touchdown.

On the defensive side juniors Mateo Valdez and Dalton Thrower lead the team in tackles with eight and six, respectively. Friday’s game was a total team effort by the Rebels just in time for the postseason. “I am really proud of how our team came together,” said head coach Jason Allen. “We have really grown closer to God this season which brought our guys closer to each other and made [for] team chemistry.”

On Thursday, October 29 the Rebels will host the Coosa Valley Academy Rebels. The visiting Rebels (Harpersville, AL) are currently 0-9 in Class 2A Region 1 and have allowed their opponents 40+ points during their last four games.

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