Tuesday Aug. 11, 2009
Hephzibah, Georgia--If there's one team that's been climbing the ladder at a pretty rate the last few years, that has to be the Rebels of Hephzibah. Three years ago, just a single win followed up by four wins a couple of years back. Last year, a playoff team with an 8 and 4 record.
First and for most coach John Bowen and company have been preaching attitude. As in if believe you can win. Having cleared several hurdles including a post season spot, the mindset has changed greatly.
"We have a new attitude" said senior Gary Robinson "Coaches, fans, everybody, even the school, we have a new attitude out here and that's where it comes from. We're looking for some vocal leaders right now. Everyone is kind of playing by role so we're trying to step up and get some people to talk."
"That's what we're kind of been preaching to them for the last year and a half. Even the year before we were just a couple of plays away from being a six and four team and right there at the playoffs. They're getting use to the winning and that's what we're trying to do, make winninga habit." said coach John Bowen
They did lose quarterback Connell Reddick and it looks like Gary Robinson will take over. They do return some big boys up front with three of five linemen returning. Those key pieces of the puzzle bode well for a return trip to the playoffs.
"We lost a lot but we feel like if we can get better all the time then we can compete again for another playoff spot." added Bowen
Hephzibah has a scrimmage with Cross Creek Friday and open the season against Butler. Another trip to the playoffs would validate the progress the rebels have made.