PHOTO GALLERY: Chambers Academy c. Lee Scott – Valley Times-News

PHOTO GALLERY: Chambers Academy vs. Lee Scott

Posted at 11:59 am on Friday, August 19, 2022

In their season opener Thursday night, the No. 4-ranked Chambers Academy Rebels were shocked by the Lee-Scott Warriors 33-0 at home.

Losing, especially in a blowout, is not the norm for the Rebels, one of the most dominant AISA teams in the state over the past decade.

It’s the first time the Rebels have lost consecutive games since October 2014. It’s also the first time the Rebels have been shut out in a game since October 2013.

“We got our asses kicked,” Chambers Academy head coach Jason Allen said. “They were by far the better team tonight. We haven’t done the things we’ve done over the years. We weren’t disciplined defensively. When we played things well, I thought we did well. We would have a bust and a breakdown then give up a huge game.

Chambers Academy struggled with just 126 yards on offense. Fullback Gavin Kight was responsible for 89 of those yards.

The game started with a possession by the Rebels which ended with Chambers Academy failing to convert on fourth down in their home turf. That gave Lee-Scott good field position, which led to the Warriors scoring early in the first quarter. However, the Warriors missed the extra point, so the score was 6-0.

On Chambers’ next practice, the Rebels fired three shots and returned the ball to Lee-Scott. This led to Lee-Scott running down the field to score a field goal and make it 9-0.

The Rebels struggled to get started offensively as quarterback Kole Baker threw an interception on their third practice.

Lee Scott ran down the field again but stalled and settled for a field goal to make it 12-0 with 5:37 left in the second quarter.

The Rebels started to see some offensive production as Kight came up with a huge pass in their next practice. However, they were forced to kick.

Lee-Scott attempted two through passes late in the second quarter, but they executed a draw from halfback on third-and-long, which resulted in a 62-yard touchdown to make it 19-0 Lee Scott.

The Rebels knocked him down in their final halftime practice and entered the locker room 19-0.

“I thought we were in until they scored that third touchdown late in the second quarter,” Allen said. “Offensively, we couldn’t do anything. It was disappointing, so we’ll just go back and reevaluate.

In the third quarter, Lee-Scott raced down the field and scored another touchdown to make it 26-0.

In the second half, Chambers Academy threw three times and returned it once. The offense struggled to get things done and the defense continued to give up big plays. Lee-Scott had a long touchdown run late in the third quarter to seal the game.

The Rebels will travel to Carrollton, Georgia next week to face the Presbyterian First Day.

Jack C. Nugent