Rebels Fight Past Bowling Green

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Coming off of a heartbreaking defeat one week ago with the Rebels’ first loss of the season, Central Private found themselves in another nail biter.  This time the Rebels came out ahead 19-13 in overtime over the Bowling Green Buccaneers.
Defense dominated the first quarter for both teams as both teams were held scoreless for the first 12-minute period.  The Buccaneers were able to break into the scoring column with 5:19 remaining in the second quarter.  Cash Cooley, the Bowling Green quarterback, scrambled 31 yards into the end zone on third down and sixteen yards to go.  Jason Milton added the extra point, and the Buccaneers had a 7-0 lead which they held into half time.
Bobby Muse, who was held to 42 yards on 13 carries in the first half, was able to get free in the second half as he exploded for 163 yards after intermission.  He broke through the left side of the offensive line led by Matthew Overlease and Daniel Holloway and galloped 51 yards to pay dirt with 6:39 remaining in the third quarter.  Brandt Moore tied the game at 7-7 with the extra point.
Muse then put the Rebels ahead with a 6-yard dash for a score.  The run ended a 12-play, 78-yard CP drive.  Quarterback Jason Young hit Matthew Wallace with a 14-yard pass to keep the drive alive.  Muse also had a 24-yard trot on the drive.  The extra point was wide and CP led 13-6. 
The lead held until :15 remained in the ball game.  A second down pass by Cooley to Dylan Varnado was perfect and tied the ball game.  The missed extra point by Bowling Green sent the game into overtime.
The Rebel defense was able to force a Buc field goal attempt that fell short on fourth down.  The Rebels were then given the ball at the 10-yard line.  Holloway said,”We knew that we had to get it done.  We had to get it in.”  It took one play for the Rebels to do exactly that.
Once again it was Bobby Muse handling the load for the Rebels.  Running out of the Wild Rebel formation, Muse said, “I was just trying to get it into the end zone. I look for an opening in the defense and a chance to go one-on-one with the defender.”  One-on-one, Muse has proven to be almost unstoppable.  After bouncing off the Bowling Green defender, Muse sprinted into the right corner of the end zone for the winning score.
Coach Mike Longmire praised his team following the ball game.  ” This was a great win for our program because it shows that you have it deep inside.  It was a great team effort.  Part of the game we played two eighth graders on the offensive line, Terrell Suggs and Blaine Seguin.  We return to district next week.”
The Rebels are at home at 7:00 on Friday night as they take on Adams County Christian.