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Rebels roll over Eagles by 24
McAbee scores 3 times for West Morgan

By Ashley Hargrove
sports@decaturdaily.com 340-2460

TRINITY — After suffering a tough loss to Red Bay the previous week, West Morgan had more than enough motivation Friday night against East Lawrence.

The Rebels managed a 45-21 win over the Eagles, which stopped a two-game losing streak and gave them a victory over a rival.

West Morgan lost by three points the previous week to Red Bay on a touchdown on the final play.

"We have been struggling lately," West Morgan head coach Pierre Coggins said. "We still didn't play real well tonight, but we came out and got a turnover early and that kind of set the tone for us."

Josh McAbee helped pace the West Morgan offense with three touchdowns. He rushed for 82 yards and a pair of scores and returned a punt for a touchdown. Tarrence Carter picked up 145 rushing yards on 14 carries and added two touchdowns.

Michael Burks' 20-yard fumble return for a touchdown gave West Morgan (2-3) a lead 10 seconds into the game. Jared Spooner's extra point attempt was good, giving the Rebels an early 7-0 advantage.

A 40-yard punt return by McAbee put another touchdown on the board for the Rebels just before ending the first quarter.

Carter ran for a 5-yard touchdown with 7:46 left to play before the half. East Lawrence scored its first points of the night on a 10-yard by Timmy McCoy. The extra point by Roy Young was good.

A 34-yard field goal by Spooner put West Morgan up 24-7 with 1:25 remaining.

McAbee's ran for a 9-yard touchdown to end the half, and Spooner's extra point made it 31-7.

The Rebels continued to stay strong after halftime. McAbee recorded his third touchdown of the night on a 23-yard run with 9:30 left in the third quarter. Carter's 91-yard touchdown with 2:35 left in the quarter was the last score for the Rebels. Spooner's kick found the uprights, making it 45-7.

East Lawrence (1-4) got its momentum going in the fourth quarter after a 5-yard touchdown run by McCoy. Young's extra point was good. The Eagles scored once more on a 92-yard run by Bruce Mason, and the extra point made it 45-21 with 1;46 to play.

"West Morgan made the plays and did what they needed to do to win the game," East Lawrence coach Joe McDaniel said.

"We're not very good spiritually right now. We work them hard physically. I think they know what to do, they just have get it within themselves to make themselves do it."

West Morgan finished with 292 yards of total offense compared to East Lawrence's 242.

"This is our biggest rivalry," Coggins said.

"This is a game our players look forward to every year. It's a bragging rights game but we needed a win in a big way and I think we got one."

West Morgan hosts Hatton next week in a key region game. East Lawrence will host Columbia of Huntsville.

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