The Franklin County Rebels competed in a series of 7-on-7 scrimmages Thursday against Fayetteville City High School and Tullahoma High School at Tullahoma.
The Rebels competed in four total games at the event as they had two wins, one loss and a draw for the day. Each matchup had one 20-minute period with a running clock and each possession started at the 40-yard line.
FCHS head football coach Justin Cunningham said that it was good to get out on the field against other teams, but there are still some things his team will need to work on in the weeks leading up to the start of the season.
“We just came off of a two-week dead period where we couldn’t be with them. With that being said, a lot of times, we can get rusty. You can tell they’ve had two weeks off,” Cunningham said. “It was a great experience for us to see live bullets and to get to compete against somebody other than ourselves.”
The Rebels started the day against the hosting Tullahoma Wildcats. They started with the ball and worked it inside of the 10-yard line before turning the ball over on downs.
Tullahoma worked the ball down the field quickly and scored the first touchdown to make it a 6-0 game.
The Rebels seemed poised to tie the score on their second possession, but an interception at the goal line halted their scoring attempt.
The Rebels got a goal-line turnover of their own on the next possession as Na’Zaiyah Holman intercepted a pass to stop the Wildcats.
The Rebels found their equalizer on their ensuing possession as quarterback Ke’Andre Johnson connected with LT Taylor on a long touchdown pass to make it a 6-6 game.
However, the Wildcats would score on their next two possessions while the Rebels were held scoreless to close out the 18-6 loss.
The Rebels next matched up with the Fayetteville Tigers, the defending Class A state champions.
The Rebels took their first lead of the game after forcing a turnover on downs as Johnson threw a touchdown pass to Na’Zaiyah Holman on their first offensive play of the matchup.
The Tigers answered back quickly with a touchdown to tie the score at 6-6.
The Rebels were not able to score on their next two possessions, but interceptions by Willie Cobb and Na’Zaiyah Holman kept the Tigers at bay.
The Rebels broke the tie on their fourth possession of the contest as Johnson threw a touchdown pass to McKeon Whitsett to put the score at 12-6.
After the Tigers quickly tied the score, the Rebels won it on their final possession as Kai Baker caught a touchdown pass from Johnson to put the final margin at 18-12.
The Rebels had their second game of the day with Tullahoma next as both programs rotated younger players onto the field to start.
The Rebels struck first in the matchup as Brayden Henley threw a long touchdown pass to Cobb to make it a 6-0 game.
However, the lead would not last for long as the Wildcats put together a touchdown drive to tie the score at 6-6.
After a series of failed possessions for both squads, the teams brought their starters back onto the field with Na’Zaiyah Holman making a catch in the corner of the end zone off of a pass from Johnson to give Franklin County the 12-6 win on their last possession of the period.
After the Rebels got a break while Fayetteville and Tullahoma squared off to end the Tigers’ day, the Rebels and the Wildcats faced off one more time.
The Wildcats had a lengthy possession to open the game before punching the ball into the end zone to put the Rebels in a 6-0 hole.
The Rebels turned the ball over on downs in their first two possessions of the period, but the defense stood strong to keep the deficit at six points.
An interception by Taylor late in the period would give the Rebels momentum, and they capitalized as Johnson found Taylor in the end zone on their next possession to tie the score and seal a 6-6 draw.
The Rebels will have their next scrimmage on Aug. 3 at Rockvale High School. The scrimmage is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.
The Rebels will open their 2021 season on Aug. 20 at home against Coffee County Central High School. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.