The momentum built from last week’s season-opening win over Hillcrest unfortunately came to an end for Amite School Center Friday as the Rebels struggled to find their rhythm falling to the Silliman Wildcats 46-10 on the road.
“We have a long way to go but we are getting there,” ASC head coach Joe Weaver said. “They (Silliman) did a whole lot right and we didn’t."
The Rebels (1-1) immediately fell into a hole in the first quarter. Wildcat quarterback Brock Berthelot threw touchdown passes of 30- and 65-yards putting ASC down 12-0 early.
After the ASC offense couldn’t respond, Berthelot tossed three additional touchdowns of 23-, 11- and 30- yards making the score 30-0.
The Rebels continued to fight, trying to get back into the ball game, but a Wildcat interception returned for a touchdown further decreased the chances.
Late in the first half, Jacob Weaver connected on a 32-yard field goal putting the Rebels on the board and making the score 37-3.
But the struggles continued in the second half for ASC. A safety followed by a two-yard touchdown run for Silliman increased the deficit to 43 at 46-3.
ASC recorded the lone score of the fourth quarter when Slade Toler found the end zone from 11 yards out. Weaver added the extra point making the score 46-10.
Toler led the Rebels with 55 yards and a score on 14 carries while Zach Cothren had nine carries for 45 yards and Josey Butler tallied 33 yards on four carries.
A disappointed Weaver said that despite the score, he credits his team’s effort. “I don’t think our guys ever got down,” he said. “The effort of our guys was awesome. It’s just the execution that we have to get better on. The one (positive) takeaway from that game is effort. And if we keep up with the effort, the execution will come together.”
The Rebels return to action Friday as they welcome in the Brookhaven Academy Cougars for the home opener. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Liberty.