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Fast start lets Rebels cruise past East Lake

Dixie Hollins scored 19 unanswered points after a scoreless first quarter to take a 26-8 lead at halftime and cruise to a 43-15 victory.

East Lake (0-3) moved the ball more efficiently in the second half but kept giving up the football. Turnovers and missed defensive assignments were the biggest reasons East Lake gave up 40 points or more for the second straight game.

When the Eagles did perk up, the Rebels (2-1, 0-1 in the district) had an answer. A case in point: East Lake's first score came with 0:37 left in the first half. Junior tailback Jamal Walker's 6-yard run capped a 34-yard drive made possible by Brett Villwolk's fumble recovery.

But Anthony Wright answered for the Rebels on the ensuing kickoff with a 67-yard return 13 seconds later. The 150-pound tailback broke right through the middle of East Lake's coverage and literally walked into the end zone.

Wright had 122 all-purpose yards and would have had more had he not been pulled once the win was secured. The 5-foot-7 junior scored on a 43-yard run to put the Rebels up by 19.

Dixie did the job on defense too, forcing five turnovers on an interception and four fumbles. Derrick Matola returned a fumble 48 yards to set-up a 3-yard touchdown run by Anthony O'Banner.

Dixie assistant coach Edwin Bryant was particularly pleased with a goal-line stand.

"We were just talking about being disciplined and make sure we play our assignments and make sure we don't let any big goofy plays get over," he said.

"We kill ourselves," East Lake coach Bob Hudson said. "We get a couple plays going the right direction and we fumble or get a penalty or something and it is hard for us to come back from that."