Turner tames Wilcox 33-12

It was Senior Night in Ashburn at Alan Hobby Field as the Turner County Rebels welcomed neighboring Wilcox County to town on a cool October night. The Patriots came in with an overall record of 2-6 and the Rebels came in with an overall record of 7-1, but with it being a rivalry game, the Rebels were expecting to get their best shot.

Lawton Merriweather fins the endzone early in the first half. Photo: Jessica Peters/SGSN

Lawton Merriweather finds the end zone early in the first half on a 54-yard scamper. Photo: Jessica Peters/SGSN

The Rebels got on the scoreboard with 7:28 left in the 1st frame, thanks to a 54 yard touchdown run by senior Lawton Merriweather. The two point conversion to Ontaria Wilson was good and the Rebels led 8-0. That lead would be extended with 1:27 left in the quarter as quarterback Tyler Moore found senior Ced Leggett in stride down the sideline for a 44 yard touchdown pass. The extra point was no score to make it 14-0.

That score would hold until late in the second quarter when Moore fumbled after being sacked by Wilcox County. The Patriots picked up and raced it down the sidelines from 70 yards out for the scoop and score to cut it to 14-6 at the half. The game was still hanging in the balance.
In the third quarter, the Rebels added to the lead on a 65 yard punt return by Leggett to make the score 20-6. Later in the quarter, they would add to the lead on a 33 yard touchdown pass from Moore to Wilson. The Patriots would get on the board again in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 26-6. But the Rebels effectively put the game away with 7:45 in the fourth on a two yard run by Moore for the touchdown to make it 33-12, which was the final score.
The Rebels improved to 8-1 overall with the victory setting up a big game next week in Ocilla against the Irwin County Indians. The Rebels, who were ranked first in the GHSA Class A power rankings this past week, need to beat the Indians and have Telfair County knock off Clinch County in order to win the region championship. That is due to the fact that the Panthers defeated the Rebels two weeks ago. Meanwhile, if the Indians defeat the Rebels, they will be region champions based on their victory over the Panthers earlier in the season. Either way, there will be a lot on the line at the Reservation next Friday night in Ocilla. Game time is 7:30 in Ocilla.

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