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Rebels down Bulldogs for second win

Hephzibah 18, Butler 15

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HEPHZIBAH 18, BUTLER 15

PLAY OF THE GAME: Despite making only his third-career start, Hephzibah quarterback Stephon Washington extended his team’s lead to 12-0 when he connected with Ke’Oddis Stokes on a 44-yard TD pass. The score came with 4:17 left in the first quarter and helped propel the Rebels to their second victory of the season.

STAR OF THE GAME: Hephzibah running back Wallace Curtis. Curtis scored the go-ahead touchdown, while rushing for a game-high 98 yards. His longest run was 64 yards, which set up the Rebels’ first TD.

WHY HEPHZIBAH WON: After having its lead trimmed to 12-7 in the second quarter, the defense preserved the win by holding Butler to only eight points over the final 34-minutes of regulation.

Leading the way for the Rebels’ defense were Tommy GriffinJamorris GreshamEric Norris and Cam Danner.

WHY BUTLER LOST: The Bulldogs were able to move the ball on Hephzibah’s defense, but turnovers and fumbles ultimately proved too costly to overcome. In all, Butler lost three fumbles, each of which halted promising drives.

QUOTABLE: “This was a much-needed win for us,” Hephzibah head coach John Bowen said. “Before the game, I felt like we were two pretty even teams, but fortunately we were able to make just enough plays to pull off the victory. Overall, our offense started the game on fire, but tonight’s credit needs to go to our defense. Our D-line was in their backfield all night.”

NEXT: Glenn Hills at Butler (0-5), 7:30 p.m. Friday,; Cross Creek at Hephzibah (2-4), 7:30 p.m. Friday.

HEPHZIBAH 18, BUTLER 15

Hephzibah 12 0 0 6 – 18

Butler 0 7 0 8 – 15

First Quarter

H–Wallace Curtis 1 run (conversion failed), 10:02.

H–Ke’Oddis Stokes 44 pass from Stephon Washington (conversion failed), 4:17.

Second Quarter

B–Devon Robinson 8 run (Marcelis Williams kick), 11:06.

Fourth Quarter

H–Stephon Washington 3 run (conversion failed), 1:22.

B– Anthony Cannon 80 pass from Sandrez Evans (Xavier Lightfoot conversion), 0:56.

 HB
First Downs1615
Rushes-Yards31-19622-86
Passing Yards72256
Comp.-Att.-Int.3-7-015-21-0
Fumbles-Lost3-33-3
Punts-Yards2-612-58
Penalties-Yards9-8016-120

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING–Hephzibah: Wallace Curtis 13-98, Quintae Brown 10-42, Stephon Washington 8-51. Butler: Devon Robinson 4-15, Sandrez Evans 12-18, Anthony Cannon 4-26.

PASSING–Hephzibah: Stephon Washington 2-6, 62 yards. Butler: Sandrez Evans 15-21, 256 yards.

RECEIVING–Hephzibah: Darrell Baker 1-18. Ke’Oddis Stokes 1-44. Butler: Anthony Richardson 5-71, Xavier Lightfoot 3-20, Anthony Cannon 5-161.


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