George County Rebels get ready for Brandon in the first round of the 6A State Playoffs

By A.J. Giardina – bio | email

LUCEDALE, MS (WLOX) - Two weeks ago the George County Rebels had a shot at claiming the top seed in the highly competitive Region 4-6A football ranks. In the end, the Rebels defeated Ocean Springs 28 to 24, securing the number 3 seed and trip to Brandon in the first round of the playoffs.

George County posted 7 wins and 4 losses, 5 and 2 in the region standings.  The Rebels are now ready for the second season, the playoffs.

Rebels head coach Al Jones said,"This is the 10th straight year that we've made the playoffs. I'm proud of these young men. They have done a great job all season and now when it counts it's do-or-die."

The Rebels rely on a vaulted ground attack led by 5-11, 185 pound running back Adrian Bradley.

He's rushed for 13-hundred-83 yards and has scored 18 touchdowns.  He says the Rebels success is based on the coaching talent of Al Jones, "He's had a heavy impact. We've always preached this year about no excuses, focus and just staying together and he put that on us a lot.  We starting to take notice in it and doing the things that he wants us to do. He's a great football coach. He's doing a lot of things to make us be successful."

205 pound senior running back Ricco Carter has gobbled up 817 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns.

Dra Ellis gives the Rebels another running back threat. He's picked up 330 yards with 4 touchdowns netting 8.5 yards per carry.  Ellis also leads the team with 17 receptions for 289 yards and two td's.

Coach Jones says the stellar play of his offensive line gives the Rebels a boost in the running game.  "Well we've had good play up front. We've been able to win the battle at the line of scrimmage on most teams we have played. We've had some great running backs who have consistently gained yards on the ground. And we've been able to throw when we've had to."

Lewis Maples has completed 43 of 81 passes for 728 yards and 5 touchdowns. You can bet under the leadership of coach Jones, the Rebels will be ready for Brandon Friday night.

Brandon posted 6 wins in 11 games and finished second in the Region 3-6A ranks with a 5 and 2 record.

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