Dixie Rebels deftly defeat Great Falls Gladiators

ST. GEORGE – The Dixie Rebels traveled to Idaho State University on Saturday to play the Great Falls Gladiators. The game was never close as the Rebels led at halftime by a score of 45-0 and went on to win by a score of 59-12.

The running game was even better than normal for the Rebels as Kyle Coop, Sione Tapouse, and Stephan Cook each had over 100 yards rushing. A.J. Martinez also stepped up his game as he threw for about 300 yards and a few touchdowns.

Coop got the first three touchdowns in the game. The Rebels also got touchdowns from Brennan Adams, Tapouse, Cook, Phil Mcleod, and Wayne Alofipo, a defensive lineman who achieved the lineman’s dream when he picked up a fumble at about the 15-yard line and ran it in for a touchdown.

Alofipo, however, wasn’t the only defensive player that stepped up.  Andy Hicks, Misi Tupe, and Steve Pulver each got an interception. Pulver also kicked a 40-yard field goal.

Owner Doug Cook, known by most as Sarge, summed it up when he said, “A.J. stepped up and the whole team played great.”

There have been a lot of questions about the Rebels’ ability to win their next two games against the Stealth and the Shock without starting quarterback Diarra Fields, but Andy Stokes said, “if we play like we did today, we can beat them. We can beat almost anyone when we get over 300 yards rushing and almost 300 yards passing.”

For more REBELS talk from sports commentators Leo Wright and Patrick Black, tune into Blake’s Take Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-6 p.m. on KZNU Sports Radio – 93.1 FM 1450 AM – or online streaming live on KZNU Sports website www.kznusports.com

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Copyright 2012 St. George News.

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