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Effingham County set to employ something new
Matthew Ford
Effingham County quarterback Matthew Ford (11) is sacked by Glynn Academy’s Tai’shaun Thomas (98) and Josh Woodward (39) on Friday. - photo by Mark Lastinger/staff
We're just adding a few wrinkles and making it fun.
Rebels head coach Buddy Holder

SPRINGFIELD — In an attempt to iron out their scoring problems, the Effingham County Rebels are adding a few wrinkles to their offense. 

Effingham County (2-5 overall, 1-2 in Region 2-AAAAAA), averaging just eight points per game, has been shut out three times and was limited to one touchdown in another contest. It was blanked 38-0 in its last outing against Glynn Academy in Brunswick on Friday.

“We’re just adding a few wrinkles and making it fun,” Rebels head coach Buddy Holder said.

Successful plays out of a new formation drew cheers from the players during Monday’s practice.

“They enjoyed it,” Holder said.

The Rebels have remained upbeat throughout the season despite their struggles.

“They are great kids,” Holder said. “They work very, very hard in the weight room and they have a lot of energy, a lot of enthusiasm. They respond to coaching and it is a fun group to be around.”

The Glynn Academy contest wasn’t enjoyable, however. The Rebels turned the ball over twice and were held to just 41 total yards while falling behind 31-0 by halftime.

Operating from the shotgun formation as they typically do, quarterbacks Zach Garcia and Matthew Ford weren’t afford much time to scan the field for open receivers.

 Despite the split playing time, Garcia ended up leading the team in rushing, gaining 24 yards on seven carries.

The Rebels didn’t dwell on the defeat in Monday’s practice. They looked ahead to promising possibilities.

“If we can win two (of our remaining games), we will be in the playoffs,” Holder said. “That’s always a goal of ours — to make the playoffs. That is the ultimate goal.

“You can only take them one game at a time so we have to take this one this week. That’s the one we’ve got to go after so ...”

The Rebels are set to host Bradwell Institute at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in their last scheduled home contest. 

“I don’t want this to be your last home game,” Holder told his squad at the end of Monday’s practice, 

The winless Tigers are coming off a 34-16 loss to Statesboro and they dropped a 41-14 decision against Glynn Academy on Oct. 9.

NOTE: Sophomore receiver Timothy Brown was taken to a hospital by ambulance after getting hit in the head while trying to catch a pass Friday night. He has a sore neck but is set to return to the team soon.