It's 2010 all over again for the Carroll Academy Rebels, except for this season, the Rebels have a district title trophy for their trophy case.
The Rebels got a huge 27-20 road win last week to grab the 2-A title and a home playoff match up tomorrow against Riverdale Academy, a Louisiana team.
It all broke down after Deer Creek beat Immanuel Christian 28-26 to create a three-way tie for first place in 2-A play. The Rebels owed the tie-breaker advantage to their 14-0 win over Deer Creek and its three-point loss to Immanuel.
Riverdale is a 4-5 team out of Louisiana, and according to head coach Jimmy McGregor, they will run the ball a lot.
"I have some film on them, and they'll do a lot of running the football," McGregor said. "We've had a good week of practice, and I think we're ready. The boys are very excited."
Carroll took a 13-8 lead over Central Holmes after the first period. The Trojans led 8-0 at the 7:09 mark, but CA came back to score twice in the final 2:30.
Senior quarterback Jake Streater hit Tyler Henson for a 24-yard TD strike, and then kicked the extra point to make it 8-7. Just 1:14 later, Tristan Tackett scored from five yards out to give the Rebels a 13-8 lead headed to the second quarter. No scoring was done by either team in the second and third quarters.
The Trojans took a 14-13 lead early in the fourth period on a 75-yard run. Carroll bounced back as Streater hit Henson from 47 yards out. The two hooked up for the 2-point conversion and a 21-14 advantage with 8:20 left in the game.
Central Holmes, who finished the season at 1-9, scored with 5:04 to go on a short run, but missed the PAT, which would have tied the game.
The Rebels got a 4-yard TD from Jake Liddell with 1:08 to play to end the game.
Liddell had 79 yards on 12 carries, and Streater finished with 77 yards on 20 tries. Tackett had 55 on six carries. CA had 243 yards rushing on 42 carries as a team.
Streater was 5 of 9 for 117 yards with two TDs and one interception. Henson had three grabs for 96 yards, and Austin Brewer had two receptions for 21 yards.
Hunter McCorkle led the defense with six solos, seven assists, one sack and one fumble recovery. Streater had five solos, two assists and two interceptions, and Dustin McGehee had four solos and a fumble recovery. Jordan Bell tacked on three solos and five assists.
McGregor said the electricity of the district championship and playoffs has sparked an excitement amongst students and players.
"The kids are excited, and they're glad to be where they are," McGregor said. "We've overcome a lot of injury, and we've played some eighth and ninth graders."