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Rich Rebels get bowled over in brotherly battle with Westside Pirates

Rich Rebels get bowled over in brotherly battle with Westside Pirates

By Robert Leifson, Contributor | Posted - Sep. 3, 2011 at 10:27 a.m.

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RANDOLPH, Rich County— What gets a team from Idaho to travel to Randolph Utah for a football game?

In Friday's case it is the story of two brothers — Tyler and Ashley Brown.

They played high school football and basketball together in Star Valley, Wyo., and their love for sports has continued.

Tyler is the head basketball coach and an assistant coach in football at Westside, while Ashley shoulders the head coaching job in both sports for Rich.

There was plenty of family talk before and after the game, but between it was all business, and the Pirates ran away with a 34-20 win over the Rebels.

The final score proved to be a lot closer than the majority of the contest.

The Pirates showed their strength running right over the Rebel defense for their first score of the afternoon. The Rebels had costly turnovers in both halves of the game which almost always led to another Westside score.

It looked like the home team was going to pull within a touchdown just before halftime, but an interception in the end zone by Junior Dylan Turnbow killed the momentum.

The third quarter found the Pirates scoring off of a Rebel fumble and interception and left the score 34-0 as the final quarter began.

The Rebels put three touchdowns on the board in the final quarter all by Junior quarterback Austin Groll.

Groll took the snap and ran off the left side and once he was passed the initial wave of defense he quickly broke right and by the time he hit the sideline he was gone for an 80-yard score.

He followed a similar pattern for scores from 45 and 23 yards out.

Round 1 of the brother's match-up goes to the older brother Tyler and fans will wait to see what happens on the basketball court this winter.

The Rebels will be in front of their home crowd again on Friday Sept. 9 against the J.V. squad from Uintah High School.


Robert Leifson


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