Rebel Defense Holds Oak Forest in CP Win

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When Oak Forest Academy quarterback Denton Hanson went to sleep on Friday night, there was a good chance that there were numbers on his mind.  He was not counting sheep nor was he thinking about the lottery.  The numbers that Hanson saw were nightmarish.  He surely saw 20, 44 83, 12, 50, 22, and 63.  These numbers are on the jerseys of Hunter Martrain, Travis Richard, Conley White, Matthew Wallace, Keaton Spurlin, Seth Smith, and Brennan West.  They are part of a Central Private defense that combined for eight tackles of the Yellowjacket quarterback before he could cross the line of scrimmage.  The CP defense led the Rebels to a 14-7 victory over Oak Forest.
The Rebels held OFA to 103 total yards of offense and kept the Yellowjackets out of the scoring column until 14 seconds remaining in the ballgame.  This included 7 plays inside the Rebel five yard line until the Jackets scored a touchdown that was too little too late.
Central Private was able to muster just enough offense of its own to remain undefeated on the season at 4-0.  Bobby Muse kept his streak of 100+ yard games alive as he rambled for 125 yards on 16 carries. 
The Rebels broke a scoreless tie with :24 remaining before the half when they capitalized on a OFA bad punt snap that gave the Rebels the ball at the Yellowjacket 30 yard line.  After a loss of 2 yards on the first play, Muse broke several tackles on his way into the endzone.  Brandt Moore added the PAT and the Rebels had a 7-0 lead at the half.
Defense also dominated the second half of play.  A Martrain sack and fumble recovery gave CP the ball on the OFA 45 yard line.  After 2 plays for a loss of two yards, Muse was off again.  The 47 yard scamper and the PAT gave the Rebels all the points that they would need on the night.  Chris Gill put the Jackets on the board with a 2 yard run and Phillip Ingraffia added the PAT to finish the scoring.
Linebacker Travis Richard of CP said, “It was the most physical, hard hitting, game that I have ever been a part of.  I just wish that we could have gotten the goose egg (shut out).
Conley White of the Rebels was playing his first game of the season and said that it was great to be back.  “The biggest mistake I ever made was not playing the first few games,” he said.
The Rebels return to action on Friday night in Clinton.  Coach Mike Longmire is calling it the biggest game of the year since it is the first district game. 
With the 4-0 start, Coach Carl DiJohn said the team has come together. He encouraged them to continue to do so and see how far they can go.  Silliman Institute provides the opposition at 7:00.