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|How far will the Rebels go?|
After a convincing 38-20 victory against the Captain Shreve Gators on Friday, the West Monroe Rebels go into the Class 5-A playoffs as the top overall seed in the bracket.
West Monroe (9-0) committed five turnovers against the Gators in what appeared to be a sluggish senior night performance.
Captain Shreve (2-6) wasted little time in the first quarter with creating their own turnover problems. A high snap sailed over the head of Gators quarterback Jordan Barnett and the ball was recovered in the endzone by Rebel linebacker Barkavious Mingo.
The score would be the only points of the first quarter. West Monroe soon opened the second quarter by hitting a 24-yard field goal off the foot of Cody Hollis to take a 10-0 lead.
West Monroe running back Ladarius Abrams scored on a one-yard jaunt, followed by quarterback D.J. Banks finding wide receiver Josh Remedies for a 26-yard touchdown pass to give the Rebels a 24-0 advantage at halftime.
"We made great improvement in the passing game," West Monroe head coach Don Shows said. "We blocked better up front and D.J. (Banks) made great throws. We have to do a better job of blocking in the running game this week."
It appeared the Rebels were looking for the route as Banks opened the second half with a 36-yard scoring run. Banks was 9-of-13 for 168 yards and one touchdown passing while adding 79 yards and a touchdown rushing to lead the Rebels in every statistical category.
However, Captain Shreve soon found the endzone on a 14-yard run by running back Tyrell Jordan. Jordan led the Gators with 73 yards and one touchdown rushing.
West Monroe's Abrams was right behind Banks in rushing yards as he totaled 77 yards on 9 carries. Tyler Caine ran in from 2 yards away in the third quarter to end the scoring for the Rebels.
Captain Shreve wide receiver Josh White soon caught a seven-yard touchdown pass from Barnett to end the Gators total on the scoreboard.
The Rebels passing game went over 100 yards for the sixth time this season. Joel Barfield was the leading receiver with three receptions for 68 yards.
West Monroe will host the No.32 Scotlandville Hornets on Friday night at Rebel Stadium.
"This will be the biggest team we have played in a long time," Shows said. "They will come in here and throw the football and their line is gigantic."
Scotlandville head coach Richard Oliver has guided the Hornets to a 4-4 mark this season in the competitive district 4-5A.
The Hornets have Deon Smith guiding at quarterback, and he is a threat to run and pass the ball. Executing on offense and keeping the Hornets offense off of the field will be key for the Rebels to have success on Friday.
West Monroe linebackers Blake Brassell and David Ely suffered injures that have kept them out of practice the first part of the week.
The coaches have not determined if they will play Friday night but are hopeful the team can be full strength for the playoff run.