Late TD propels Rebels

When Coda Bryant scored to finally complete the comeback, he brought the football above his head in celebration.


A final defensive stop with seconds left, and Bryant and the rest of the team could exhale.

Minutes after Hephzibah failed on a two-point conversion attempt that would have given it the lead, running back Bryant scored on an up-the-middle run with under two minutes to go to complete the Rebels' comeback from a 14-point halftime deficit to win, 39-34, at Greenbrier on the Wolfpack's homecoming night.

"When it came down to it, we had to band together," receiver Eric Ortiz said.

Rebels quarterback Terry Robinson threw for 391 yards as the offense got into a rhythm after a few drops as Hephzibah rallied.

After receiver Levonte Reddick took the snap on the two-point attempt with Greenbrier up 34-33 and was stuffed trying to run it in, the Rebels needed their defense to come through. The defense did just that after two stands, and they finally took the lead for the first time since leading 7-0.

On the game-winning drive, Robinson found Quantavious Darlington twice for 21- and 26-yard gains before Bryant pounded through for the score.

"We just had the last stop and the last score," Hephzibah coach John Bowen said.

But the Wolfpack had a chance to take the lead back and even converted a fourth-down attempt. However, Greenbrier was stopped when a Jordan Hunt pass was swatted down at the 10.

Hunt entered the game for the injured Scott Reeder, who left with what coach Brian Smith said could be a broken collarbone.

In the first half and with Reeder in the game, Greenbrier showed offensive balance and scored two of its touchdowns on a couple of plays that seemed to catch Hephzibah offguard.

The first was a Reeder shovel pass for 69 yards that went the distance just one play after the quarterback missed an open Rhett Stanley near midfield. The score gave the Wolfpack the lead for the first time.

The Wolfpack got their second long touchdown on a halfback pass from Trey Lawhorn.

After getting the pitch, Lawhorn set himself and delivered a perfect strike to receiver Will Price for the 71-yard score.

From early on, it was clear both squads would exchange blows to the defenses, as the Rebels took the lead on a Bryant run that saw the running back cut to the right side on the team's third offensive play of the game.

Robinson threw for 180 yards in the first half, but Hephzibah committed four turnovers in the opening 24 minutes.

Though Robinson threw another pick late in the fourth quarter, the defense provided the Rebels with another chance -- and the offense delivered.

Now Greenbrier has to regroup after losing not only a game but also its starting quarterback.

"We tell them there's a greater purpose," Smith said. "I hope it starts next week."

Hephzibah 39, Greenbrier 34

PLAY OF THE GAME: A desperation pass from Jordan Hunt fell incomplete on fourth down to clinch the Rebels' win.

STAR OF THE GAME: Terry Robinson overcame two interceptions to throw for nearly 400 yards

WHY HEPHZIBAH WON: The Rebels rebounded from turnover trouble to rally and got late stops.

WHY GREENBRIER LOST: The Wolfpack's offense struggled after losing its quarterback and the defense struggled late.

NEXT: Hephzibah at Richmond Academy, 7:30 p.m., Friday; Greenbrier at Lincoln County, 7:30 p.m., Friday.

Box Score

Hephzibah 13 0 14 12 - 39
Greenbrier 14 13 7 0 - 34

First Quarter
H-Coda Bryant 42 run (Shaquille Wheeler kick), 9:22
G-Jahvon Hardrick 17 run (Bradley Hodge kick), 5:59
G-Hardrick 69 pass from Scott Reeder (Hodge kick), 2:48
H-Wheeler 73 pass from Terry Robinson (kick failed), :00

Second Quarter
G-Trey Lawhorn 15 pass from Reeder (kick failed), 6:55
G-Will Price 71 pass from Lawhorn (Hodge kick), 4:39

Third Quarter
H-Robinson 1 run (Wheeler kick), 8:18
H-Bryant 4 run (Wheeler kick), 5:11
G-Lawhorn 48 pass from Jordan Hunt (Hodge kick), 2:11

Fourth Quarter
H-Bryant 1 run (run failed) 5:54
H-Bryant 7 run (pass failed), 1:50

First Downs 2014
Rushes-Yards 19-6038-128
Passing Yards 387260
Comp.-Att.-Int. 29-42-211-20-0
Fumbles-Lost 5-33-1
Punts-Yards 3-365-30.2
Penalties-Yards 4-359-64


RUSHING-Hephzibah: Bryant 11-72, Robinson 8-(-12). Greenbrier: Hardrick 20-81, Lawhorn 7-67, Lowry 2-5, Hunt 4-5 Cannon 1-3, Reeder 4-(-33).

PASSING-Hephzibah: Robinson 29-42-391 . Greenbrier: Reeder 4-8-98, Lawhorn 1-1 71, Hunt 7-12 91.

RECEIVING-Hephzibah: Ortiz 9-112, Darlington 8-111, Wheeler 4-96, Reddick 5-32, Bryant 2-26, Oates 1-10. Greenbrier: Price 2-86, Hardrick 3-78, Lawhorn 4-80, Morris 3-16.



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