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September 14th, 2008
Rebels not ready, falling 56-14 in loss to Bowie


The Hays Rebels obviously weren’t ready to play on short notice Thursday night. First they had to move their game up a day because of Hurricane Ike, then, it turns out, they might as well have played against Hurricane Ike.

When Hays coach Bob Shelton received a call from Bowie coach Jeff Ables to the effect that they had to play a game scheduled for Friday night on Thursday, or the game would be cancelled, the Rebels suddenly had less than eight hours to put their operation together. It shows in the final score, a 56-14 Bowie victory that goes down as one of the most lopsided Hays losses ever.

The Rebels haven’t lost by 42 since at least 1993. They’ve taken some tough losses, including a 44-7 loss to Westlake when those two teams met at Bob Shelton Stadium for first place in their district in 2000. But it’s been more than a generation, if not forever, since the Rebels lost by 42.

Bowie faced the same problem in playing the Thursday game on short notice. But the Bulldogs evidently weren’t as bothered by it.

Bowie rushed for 491 yards in a dominant performance that produced three 100-yard rushers. Philander Moore led the way with 118 yards, followed by Brelyn Sorrells with 111 and Heath Hohmann with 105. Each produced a touchdown carry of at least 40 yards, with Hohmann going 41 yards, Moore going 51 and Sorrells going 53.

After moving the ball pretty well in their first two games, the Rebels produced only 302 total yards against Bowie, with 183 coming through the air. The Rebels also made three turnovers (two fumbles and an interception), while Bowie made none.

Quarterback Trey Berry led the Rebels wit 112 passing yards and 60 rushing yards.

Bowie jumped on this game early, scoring on its first play from scrimmage with a 65-yard pass from Matt Dodds to DeAndre Perry. After the Bulldogs held a 14-0 lead through one quarter, the Rebels set them up for another touchdown with a fumble, then for still another with an interception. The Bulldogs led 35-6 at halftime.

The Rebels fell to 1-2 with the loss. They haven’t started a season that poorly since 1999, when they opened 0-3. The Rebels rallied later in the year to finish 8-5 and last three rounds into the playoffs.

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