SHEFFIELD — Reeltown rushed for more than 300 yards, including 189 in the second half as the Rebels rolled to a 35-12 victory over Sheffield on Friday in the second round of the Class 2A state playoffs.
The Rebels (11-1) took a 14-6 lead at the half and pulled away over the final two quarters as Sheffield (6-6) saw its season end.
“We just had trouble slowing their running game down, especially in the second half,” Sheffield coach David Hufstedler said. “They made some big plays that really swung the momentum in their favor. Reeltown is a good football team.”
Leading 14-6 at the half, the Rebels made a statement in the opening possession of the third quarter. A five-play, 53-yard drive was capped with a 10-yard touchdown run by Ariko Stewart. The visitors led 20-6 after the extra point was wide right.
Sheffield moved the ball on its first possession of the half, but lost momentum when the Rebels recovered a fumble following a sack. Reeltown needed only one play to make the Bulldogs pay for the mistake. Tywone Stewart rushed up the middle, breaking tackles en route to a 54-yard touchdown scamper. A 2-point conversion play made the score 28-6 with 5:56 remaining in the third quarter.
The Bulldogs added a 10-yard scoring run by Eric Yarbrough on the first play of the fourth quarter. A failed 2-point attempt, however, left the score at 28-12 and Sheffield would not score again.
Tywone Stewart, who finished the game with 167 yards rushing, added a 13-yard touchdown on the ensuing possession to ice the game for Reeltown.
After a scoreless first quarter, three touchdowns were scored in 3:54 to give the visitors a lead at the half.
Reeltown struck first on the first play of the second quarter. Ariko Stewart found running room off left tackle for a 15-yard touchdown. The extra-point gave the Rebels a 7-0 lead with 11:49 remaining in the second quarter.
Sheffield answered on the ensuing possession with an impressive drive. The Bulldogs marched 59 yards on seven plays to close the gap. Hunter Danley found Matthew Boutwell for a 13-yard touchdown pass to cap the 3:25 drive. The extra point, however, was no good after an illegal procedure penalty on the Bulldogs forced a long attempt, leaving the score at 7-6.
The Rebels got a 51-yard return on the kickoff and needed just one play to find the end zone after that. Receiver Michael Hall-Long came back on an under thrown pass by Cody Spivey and out-leaped the Sheffield defender. After the catch at the 14-yard line, Hall-Long was able to score down the left sideline and give Reeltown a 14-6 lead.
Neither team scored over the final 7:55 of the half. Sheffield drove to the Rebel 18-yard, but had to settle for a 35-yard field goal attempt that was no good with 3:22 remaining in the second quarter.