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Rebels pounce on Panthers
John Ford
Rebels coach John Ford chats with Effingham County Deputy John Peny while being greeted by his daughters, Anna-Kate and Liza-Grace, after Friday's victory over the Panthers. - photo by Mark Lastinger/staff

SPRINGFIELD -- Effingham County earned its initial win under first-year head coach John Ford in dominating fashion Friday night.

The Rebels (1-1) limited Lakeside-Evans (0-3) to one first down and 36 total yards en route to a 20-0 at Rebel Field.

Offensively, Matthew Ford completed 26 of 35 passes for 254 yards and one touchdown. He first-quarter scoring toss to Timothy Brown covered 36 yards.

Effingham County will visit Howard (2-1) in Macon next week. The Huskies forfeited last week's game against Northside because of COVID-19 precautions,