Turner Dominates ATCO 35-0

The Turner County Rebels celebrated homecoming at Alan Hobby Field Friday night in Ashburn and did so in dominating fashion as they shut out the Atkinson County Rebels 35-0 in Region 2-A play. 

The Rebels were coming off their first loss of the season last week to the Clinch County Panthers but they quickly showed they had put that loss completely in their rearview mirror.  With 10:39 left in the first quarter, Tyler Moore intercepted a pass and took it back 40 yards for the touchdown to put the Rebels on the board.  The two point conversion from Ced Leggett to Tamorrion Terry put the home team up 8-0. That score held until later in the first quarter when Demetrice Smith closed out a long Rebel drive by punching it in from three yards out to make it 15-0 after DeAndre Pierce’s extra point.

IMG_0216Both teams played sloppily at times throughout the half and neither team was able to mount much of a drive.  That ended late in the first half when Pierce caught a 23 yard touchdown pass from Moore with 1:53remaining to put the Rebels up 23-0 after the two point conversion.  That was the score at halftime as Turner County made a late goal line stand to keep the shutout intact.

In the second half, both teams buckled down on defense but neither team was able to capitalize offensively due to turnovers and penalties.  Turner County actually ended up with four turnovers on the night while the visitors from Pearson continued to shoot themselves in the foot with penalties.

The score remained 23-0 until Leggett returned a punt 49 yards for the score with 7:12 left in the fourth quarter to make the score 29-0.  Lawton Merriweather closed out the scoring with 3:55 left in the ball game when he took the dive straight up the middle untouched from 52 yards out to make the score 35-0.

While mistakes were made on the field, head coach Ben Simmons is happy to have his team get back on the winning track and put the loss to the Panthers behind them.  It was the second shutout of the season for Turner County. The Rebels, who entered the game ranked second in the latest GHSA Class A power rankings improved to 7-1 overall and 4-1 in region play while Atkinson County drops to 2-6 overall.  Turner County remains tied for first place in region play with Irwin County, Charlton County, and Clinch County with two games to play.  Charlton County plays Clinch County next weekend while Turner County travels to Ocilla in two weeks to take on the Indians.  Those two games will go a long way in determining who is region champion and will get one of the top seeds in the region.  Turner County and Charlton County have a great chance to be the top overall seed in the state if they are able to win region.

Next week, the Rebels will have senior night as they welcome neighboring Wilcox County to Ashburn with kickoff set to begin at 7:30.

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