Rebel Season Opener

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Thursday September 05, 2013

Football- The South Burlington Rebels opened their regular season this past Friday night with an authoritative 34-0 win over the visiting Burlington Seahorses. South Burlington opened the game with a stifling defensive effort that forced Burlington into a three-and-out situation. The Rebels took over on their first offensive possession and marched seventy yards on thirteen plays, capping the drive with a four yard touchdown pass from quarterback Hunter Riehle to tailback Tanner Contois. Contois carried the work load for South Burlington offensively, slicing through gaping holes in the Seahorse’s defense created by his offensive line and hauling in multiple passes from Riehle on his way to racking up 218 yards of total offense and three touchdowns. 

South Burlington’s defense set the tone of the game from the first series, forcing four turnovers in the contest and getting the ball back to Riehle, who found six different receivers in the game for 264 yards and three scores. Jeremy Clements was one of Riehle’s most reliable targets, with three catches for 45 yards in the game, including an acrobatic one-handed catch. The circus catch set up a 23 yard run by Contois on the following play, to give South Burlington a 14-0 lead midway through the second quarter. 

Contois broke the game open for his team on the third play of the second half, hauling in a screen pass from Riehle and dodging Burlington defenders on his way to a 56 yard touchdown. The Rebels put the game out of reach with a score by Clements, who hauled in a 4 yard snag from Riehle. Capitalizing on a fumbled kickoff, the Rebels found the endzone again on a 3-yard rushing touchdown by Max Smith. Cam Nolting had sixty-nine receiving yards for South Burlington and shut down any hope of a Seahorse’s comeback by hauling in an interception in the fourth quarter.