After a difficult first season at the helm of the Howell Rebel football team Coach Derek Reichenbecher saw his team come out firing on all cylinders in their first game of the season last week.
Taking on the Mariners of Toms River North the Rebels showed an explosive offense as they bounced back from an early deficit to climb all the way back for a 39-18 win. Leading the way was quarterback Connor mcGlynn who completed 25 of 34 passes for an impressive 367 yards and five touchdowns to bury the Toms River squad.
One of McGlynn’s favorite targets on the night was Joey Schultz who pulled in six catches for 155 yards with almost half of those yards coming on an 80 yard connection. McGlynn also got together with Dontrell Jones four times for 88 yards including one pass for 60 yards. The senior showed he can air the ball out with several receivers including Jarvis Leaks who had one big catch for his team for 45 yards.
With success in the air the Rebels did not need to rely on a ground game in their first contest. McGlynn was the leading rusher for his team as well with eight carries for 23 yards. Most of those yards came on one long 20 yard run.
The Rebels also got a strong defensive showing on the day. Joey Schultz was the leading tackler for his team pulling down eight Mariners on the night while Tyler Smalls had six tackles.
Next up for the Rebels is a trip to Marlboro on Saturday for their first game against a Freehold Regional High School District opponent.