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Rebels push Bulldogs to the limit before falling
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Despite playing in heavy rain, the Effingham County Rebels weren't quite able to end a lengthy drought Friday night. The Rebels (0-2) dropped a 14-13 heartbreaker to Thomson (2-0), leaving them 0-15 in their series with the Bulldogs.

Effingham County pushed Thomson to the limit. After a game-tying PAT missed the mark with 5:54 to go in the final quarter, the Rebels attempted an onside kick. The ball slithered past several defenders into the clear, but the Rebels couldn't come up with it.

"You can't hang your head about that,"  Effingham County head coach Buddy Holder said. "It was a heck of an effort on the kick and a heck of an attempt covering it. It just didn't go our way."

The Rebels eventually got the ball again but could only advance to midfield before running out of downs.

Despite the loss, Holder was buoyed by his team's performance.

"Basically, we are at the same point we were last year," Holder said. "We are 0-2 but we have played great competition and the guys fought hard tonight. They really competed hard and we are proud of the effort."

Holder's 2016 team won seven games and made the playoffs.

See the Aug. 30 edition of the Effingham Herald for more details.