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Here come the ‘Blue Shirts’

By Thomas Sellers Jr.Rebels Issiac Esgro chase down

If the first play against an opponent under the lights is any indicator of how the Tipton-Rosemark Academy Rebels 2013 season will go, expect plenty of good times.
Friday the Rebels opened up the jamboree action against the team formerly known at the SBEC Trojans. When the Northpoint Trojan quarterback dropped back to throw a screen pass, TRA defender Triston Diggs stepped in the way to make the interception. Diggs raced to the end zone for a touchdown giving TRA a 7-0 lead in the 20 minute contest.
“That first play Triston had was amazing,” Rebel linebacker Shane O’Brien said. “It set us on the board and helped us set the momentum for the rest of the game so we could carry it through the rest of the way.”
TRA won the jamboree match against Northpoint 7-0. After a quick shower blast through the area, it was time to turn on the lights at Rebel Field with teams like Lausanne, Rossville and Northpoint in town for the jamboree.
“It feels great to get under the lights,” Sean O’Brien said. “It’s always a great feeling but especially when you get under the lights, starting is a great feeling every time.”
TRA Head Coach Dodd Gengenbach unleashed his defense under the direction of Sean and Shane’s father Shannon O’Brien. Sporting a neon-pink tank with the words “Shock The Nation” the elder O’Brien gave his defense last second instructions before Digg’s pick-six.
After the play that gave the Rebels the lead for good, the TRA defense made sure the points stood by laying big hits on the Trojans and stopping the Northpoint running game.
“My Dad, he pushed us to a whole other level,” Shane said. “He encourages us to be leaders and set the tone for everybody, to make sure we have a strong and tough defense.”
The Rebel offense used a basic game plan giving quarterbacks Austin Chambers and Logan Stewart short passing routes and run plays behind linemen like Tyler Racicot. Hunter Wilson and Ethan Watson.
Watson, like his older brother Sam who was an All-Star for the Rebel and current Memphis Tiger, cleared two big holes during the game for first-down runs by Chambers and Stewart.
But the Rebel offense could manage any points against the Trojans. It was up to the TRA defense to close out Northpoint.
“We decided this year that the tempo we have to have on our defense this year is physical,” Sean noted. “We have to be aggressive. We have to make plays. We have to set the tempo early. Diggs did a good job of setting the tone. And those big hits were us doing what we supposed to do.”
To conclude the Northpoint quarter, TRA received an interception from senior defensive back Logan Mayo. With the defense have bookend interceptions, Sean said the “Blue Shirts” put everyone in the stadium on notice.
“That first interception opened some eyes up,” he said.
“It opened some people’s eyes up to let them know Rosemark is here to play,” Shane concluded. “We’ll be ready for this year.”

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