Normally, Reggie Fowler plays to defend his post as Dixie Hollins defensive back.
But it was Fowler's defensive-style maneuver on the other side that led to the host Rebels' lone touchdown and a 7-0 win over Countryside Friday night in a key Class 5A, District 8 football game.
With 7:38 remaining in the fourth quarter of a scoreless game and the Rebels facing fourth down at the Cougars' 10-yard line against a wind-driven rain, Dixie Hollins quarterback Frank Shreve lofted a short pass to Fowler who came in to play wide receiver. The pass slipped through Countryside's Chad Bohms hands and was tipped to Fowler who was standing in the end zone.
"It was a short pass and all of a sudden I knew I had to play like a defensive back because the guy had stepped in front of me," Fowler said. "I wanted to keep him from intercepting the ball at any cost and all of a sudden I saw it glance through his hands and I was right there."
Fowler's stunning touchdown capped a 13-play, 45-yard drive but more importantly chewed up 6:32 off the clock midway through the final quarter. It also upped the Rebels overall record to 3-0 and 1-0 in district play.