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Effingham County lights up scoreboard against Groves
Rebels rack up 77 points
Effingham County's Ashaud Roberson (1) looks for an opening while following the block of Tyler Griffin (4) against Groves' Kahlil Lonnon on Friday at Rebel Field. - photo by Mark Lastinger/staff

SPRINGFIELD -- The Effingham County Rebels just scored again!

Well, not really. But they did score early and often in Friday's 77-14 rout of Groves at Rebel Field.

It took awhile for Effingham County (2-0) to get rolling but it was unstoppable once it did. It tallied the game's final 61 points.

Effingham County's Jerid Stokes threw touchdowns of 29 and 67 yards to Julian Thrift and Randy Scott, respectively in the opening quarter.

The visiting Rebels also scored on an early Stokes pass, however, as Deshaun Moorer returned an interception 88 yards for a touchdown that left Groves down only 16-14 entering the second period. Groves' other score came when receiver Kean James slipped behind the secondary and hauled in a 3-yard pass from Damian Ramos.

Thanks to its offensive line, however, Effingham County seized control in the second quarter. Running back Desmond House tallied three touchdowns before halftime on runs of 44, 17 and 12 yards.

At halftme, Effingham County led 39-14 and it went on to score the first four times it got the ball in the second half.

House scored a fourth touchdown and Ashaud Roberson chipped in a six-pointer, too. Each back rushed for more than 100 yards.

"We came out in the second half and the kids did what they were capable of doing," Effingham County coach Buddy Holder said. "They played much, much better and they were more physical, much more in focus and it showed with what happened on the scoreboard."

See the Aug. 29 edition of the Effingham Herald for more details.