In a classic match-up on a cold snowy night in Wyoming, the Forreston Cardinals (11 - 1) ended the Rebels (11 - 1) perfect season in the Quarterfinals of the IHSA Class 1A Play-offs by a score of 33 - 14. The Rebels got on the scoreboard first on a 27 yard FG by Leo Helleberg. On the ensuing kick-off, Forreston return the kick-off 98 yards to gain a 7 - 3 lead. The Rebels would score late in 1st quarter on a Joe Charvat to Thorin Hicks 10 yard pass. The Rebels led after 1 quarter 10 - 7. Forreston tied the game with 4:11 to go in half on a 27 yard FG. After holding the Rebels, Forreston scored on a 34 yard pass with 39 seconds left in the half. Forreston added the 2 point conversion to lead at the half 18 - 10. Charvat got the Rebels back to within two on a 2 yard scamper but the 2 point try failed leaving the Rebels trailing 18 - 16. Five plays later, Forreston was back up 25 - 16 with 6:17 to go in the 3rd. With 3:39 left in the 3rd, Helleberg kicked his second FG of the game this time from 36 yards out. Rebels trail 25 - 19. Forreston would get the last score of the game with 8:05 left in the game to make the final score 33 - 19.
The Rebels had 341 total yards of offense for the game (186 rushing and 155 passing) to Forreston's 319 yards (214 rushing and 105 passing). The Rebel had 21 first downs to Forreston's 19. Chase Johnston was the leading rusher for the Rebels with 123 yards on 24 carries. Charvat was 11 of 27 passing for 115 yards, 1 TD and 2 INT. Logan Hollis had 4 reception for 58 yards with Thorin Hick adding 4 receptions good for 40 yards and Jake Goodman with 2 reception for 48 yards. On defense the Rebels were led by Logan Hollis with 12 tackles and Sage Pearson with 11.
The Rebels with their 11 - 0 start finishes as the second winningest team in school history (1997 runner-up team went 12 - 2). This year Rebels was the first team to win their first 11 games and the 11 consecutive victories is the 2nd longest winning streak in school history (1997 team lost their first game then won their next 12 before losing in the Class 1A Championship game).
The Rebel Sophomore ended their season Monday night with a 29 - 13 victory over Princeville. The Sophomores finished the season with a 7 - 2 record over-all and 5 - 2 in the LTC.
The Freshmen shut-out Princeville 24 - 0 Wednesday night (Oct. 22) to finish 2 - 3 on the season.
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