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Rebels thump Yellow Jackets
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Staff report

The Effingham County Rebels football team finished the drill Friday night.

The Rebels snapped a three-game losing streak with a convincing 27-0 win over Wayne County, squaring their Region 3-AAAA record at 3-3 and going to 3-4 on the season.

Eric Maxwell picked off two passes, with both interceptions leading to touchdowns, and the Rebels rolled up more than 230 yards rushing.

The Rebels’ defense also held the Yellow Jackets (1-6, 1-5 region) without a first down in the second half.

Michael Johnson’s touchdown gave the Rebels a 7-0 lead, and Raymond Hines added another touchdown for a two-touchdown lead.

In the fourth quarter, Chris Hamilton’s 4-yard TD run and Dyone Youmans’ 4-yard score on fourth-and-goal put the game away.

Hamilton finished with 107 on 15 carries and Dalton Couey was 2-of-4 passing for 54 yards. Wayne County was held to 55 yards on 20 rushing attempts and 128 total yards.

The Rebels will host Statesboro, a 42-6 winner over Richmond Academy, next.

The yardstick

First downs    13    9
Rushes-Yards    49-246    20-55
Passing Yards    54    73
Passes    2-4    9-21-3
Total Yards    300    128
Penalties    5-60    2-20
Punts    3-36.0    5-33.7
Fumbles/lost    1/1    2/0

Individual statistics
ECHS — Chris Hamilton 15-107, Stephen Tarpley 7-47, Micahel Johnson 6-34, Dyone Youmans 8-32, Dalton Couey 4-11, Raymond Hines 3-7, Brandon Best 2-5, Aaron Griffin 1-3, William Samuels 2-1, Earl Heyward 1-(-1).
ECHS — Couey 2-4, 54.
ECHS — Marquel Manior 1-28, Hamilton 1-26.