On Friday, October 15th, the Haralson County Rebels took on the Temple Tigers in a region matchup. The Rebels look to keep rolling while coming off of a huge region win against the defending state champions last week, and find themselves in the driver seat in region play. The Temple Tigers find themselves outside looking in after a region loss to Heard County.
Haralson County started the night honoring the legendary Coach Frank Vohun who tragically passed away from dementia this past week. Frank served to stints as the Rebel head coach as well as other high school and college programs, compiling a record of 126-116 all time.
The Rebels would receive the opening kickoff and have a 7-minute drive that resulted in a 10-yard touchdown run from their starting quarterback Clay Hyatt. The Rebels would then do a short kickoff that resulted in a fumble by the return team in which the Rebels were able to recover on the Temple 38.
It took just 2 plays for Clay Hyatt to follow his lead blockers on the way to a 38-yard touchdown run. The Rebels then held a 14-0 lead before the Temple offense had the chance to get on the field.
The Temple offense finally got onto the field at their own 44, but it was short lived. The Rebel defense swarmed the backfield causing a fumble and taking possession over at their own 39. A few plays later, Wesley Cole took it 54-yards to the house with 0:29 left in the 1st. The Rebels took a demanding 21-0 over the Tigers.
The Tigers would try to get something started and go for it in their own territory on 4th down but came up short. The Rebels would take advantage of this, and Caden Hughes would take it in behind a great down block for a 6-yard touchdown run. The Rebels would have a 28-0 lead with 6:31 left in the first half.
The following drive the Tigers would go for a punt on 4th and 14 and have the ball deflected. The Rebels would once again takeover in the Tigers territory. The Following play Clay Hyatt would hit a wide-open Wesley Cole for a 34-yard receiving touchdown. The Rebels increased their lead to 35-0 before the half.
Temple would have a quick drive that ended in Cam Vaughn running it in from 8-yards out with 0:10 left in the half. The Tigers would finally get on the board down 35-7.
After Half the Haralson County defense would force a 3 and out and take over possession at the 40. 5 plays later Wesley Cole would have a huge burst of speed on his way to a 59-yard rushing touchdown. The Rebels would now be up 42-7 with a running clock.
On Temples next drive Cam Vaughn would lead the offense down the field. He would cap off the drive with a 18-yard passing touchdown to #11. Temple would make the score 42-14.
The very next drive Clay Hyatt bullied his way to a 36-yard rushing touchdown behind huge pancake blocks from his O-Line. The Rebels would take a 49-14 lead.
The Rebels would win 49-14 and advance to (7-1) (2-0) in region play and clinched their 4th consecutive playoff berth. The first time in school history the mark has been hit. Haralson County will travel to Heard County (4-3) (1-0) next week for their 3rd region bout. For the Rebels, Clay Hyatt accounted for 3 rushing and 1 passing touchdown while Wesley Cole had 2 rushing and 1 receiving.
The Temple Tigers fall to (1-5) (0-2) and will host Bremen (4-3) (0-1) next week. For Temple, Cam Vaughn accounted for both of their touchdowns.