"Pretty remarkable what William Harrell has done," says WRDW-TV Sports Director Kevin Faigle. "Dropping down in class helped, but the kids certainly believe in themselves more than ever. They just missed out on a playoff spot last year, and I think they were able to carry the momentum over into this season"
One of the team’s defensive leaders is senior defensive end Elijah Mayes, who has offers from Troy and East Carolina. On offense Elijah's brother, E'shawn, is a talented junior wide receiver who has caught the eyes of East Carolina and Kentucky. The Rebels ground game is solid with senior Rayquan Riley rushing for close to 1,400 yards this season. They all embrace the team's mission statement of “Dependability, Accountability and Teachability: You can depend on me, you can count on me and you can teach me.”
We will soon see just what the Rebels have learned as playoff time is right around the corner. Hephzibah is on track to host a postseason contest for just the second time in school history and -- who knows -- perhaps get the school’s first ever playoff win.
But, first things first, this Football Friday In Georgia the Rebels will attempt to boldly go where no Hephzibah football team has even gone before. A victory over winless Josey will bring an eighth win, another thing that has never happened at Hephzibah.
“The community is excited," says Harrell. " It's a testament to the hard work that our players have done. This is the first senior class that has been with me four years. A lot of these guys went through the 0-10 season. For them, this is like coming full circle."
Indeed, these are not your father's Hephzibah Rebels!
Don't forget that this week Football Friday's in Georgia will come your way from Dacula where the Falcons will host the Lanier Longhorns in a showdown for the Region 8-6A crown. It all starts with the All Access Pass at 7 p.m. followed by kickoff at 7:30 p.m. on the great GPB!