The Rich Rebels snapped a five game winless streak against the Kanab Cowboys Friday night, in a 41-13 win. It had been five years since Kanab and Rich met on the football field. After re-classification this year, Kanab rejoined the 1A ranks for the 2013 season. After a long, eight hour bus ride, the Rebels looked sleepy as it took Kanab only 8 plays to take an early 7-0 lead. Kanab quarterback Merrill Terry found Hayden Jones for a 28 yard touchdown strike. The drive was highlighted by a 29 yard run by the Cowboy quarterback.
Once the Rebels got rolling, the night belonged to its running game and a swarming defense. Rebel running back Cache Sabey took advantage of several huge holes from the offensive line to pile up 67 yards on 5 carries, including a 18 yard touchdown on the drive. A failed two-point conversion left the Rebels trailing 6-7 with 3 minutes left in the 1st quarter.
The Rebels went to its back of tricks as they faced a 4th and 18 from the Kanab 20 yard line. A wide receiver reverse to Jayden Wallentine, turned out to be a pass play. Wallentine found tightend Skyler Argyle all alone in the far corner of the endzone to give the Rebels the lead. This time the two-point conversion was successful to give Rich a 14-7 edge at the end of the 1st half. The statistics of the first half revealed the tightness of the contest Kanab totaling 192 yards of offense compared to 183 yards for Rich.
The Cowboys and crowd were welcomed back with fireworks to start the 2nd half, but it would be the Rebels who would explode with 4 touchdowns. The Cowboys fumbled on the second play giving up the ball on its own 39 yard line. Rebel Quarterback McKay Jarman capitalized with his longest run of the night, as he ran 35 yards to the 1 yard line. Running back, Chalis Myers punched it in giving the Rebels the lead at 22-7.
Kanab began to march down field but a tipped pass was intercepted by Rebel defensive lineman Isaac Hopkin, who set his team up on their own 40 yard line. However, a Rebel fumble gave the ball right back. It took Kanab only four plays to take advantage when Merrill Terry found Chad Southwick for a 22 yard touchdown pass. A failed two point conversion left the score at 22-13 midway through the third quarter. Rich countered with a four play drive of their own, highlighted by Sabey's 58 yard run to give the Rebels a 29-13 lead after three quarters.
The Rebels chewed up some clock with a drive topped off by Sabey’s 3rd score of the night giving the Rebels a 35-13 cushion. Rebel fullback Kyler Clark added a 20 yard run to give the Rebels a 41-13 win. The Rebel defense took over in the second half holding Kanab to only 7 yards rushing until Terry took off for a 41 yard run in the final minute however, he lost the ball at the end of the run.
Terry finished with 114 yards rushing on 16 carries to lead Kanab. He was 11 of 27, for 122 passing yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Aaron Foster had 66 yards on 11 carries.
The Rebels were led by Cache Sabey who had 251 yards on 17 carries and 3 Touchdowns. Quarterback McKay Jarman failed to complete a pass out of 3 attempts but had 44 yards on 5 carries. Chalis Myers had 56 yards rushing on 8 carries.
Rebel Coach Ashley Brown gave plenty of credit to the Rebel offensive line Hawkan Cornia, Isaac Hopkin, Dakota Clark, Sage Weston, and Ryley Smith. The Defensive front was just as good recording 10 plays for loss of yardage.
The Rebels (5-1) now travel to Duchesne to face the undefeated Eagles (7-0). Kanab (3-4) will travel to Altamont (3-4).