Rebels win in more ways than one

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The North Duplin fans haven’t seen their Rebels play in a losing effort at H.E. Grubbs field since Aug. 30. The Rebels football team returned home on Friday, Oct. 4 for Pink Out night winning in impressive fashion, 55-18 over Spring Creek. The football game was enjoyable to say the least, but the Rebels faithful have something else to be proud about. Together with the Spring Creek fanbase, they raised $352 for the Outlaw Foundation, a local group created to help people battling cancer.

After Spring Creek scored with four minutes left in the first quarter, it was all gas and no brakes for the Rebels as they scored 48 unanswered points to hold a 55-6 lead going into the fourth quarter. During the first three quarters, North Duplin had five different players score the ball. DJ Simmons and Luis Olivos scored one, Gage Outlaw had two and Saul Mendoza finished with three.

Spring Creek didn’t just roll over for the Rebels, however, as it scored 12 points in the fourth quarter. It made no difference in the outcome, but it was seen as a positive for the Gators to build momentum going into their next game against Neuse Charter Friday. But a scary moment came for the Gators for the second time this season as T.J. Johnson was carted off the field on a stretcher. This time it was his knee, dislocated and popped back in during a play in the third quarter. The initial thought on the Gators sideline was that he broke his tibia. A North Duplin player said he heard a crack or popping sound when he made the tackle on Johnson.

But Johnson was in good spirits as he was carried off the field. He is expected to be out 2-4 weeks.

In the fourth quarter of the game, it was announced that $352 was raised for the Outlaw Foundation. The Outlaw Foundation was created by the Outlaw family; Bill Outlaw is a coach at North Duplin High School and is also a cancer survivor. The foundation was created to help other families, who are battling cancer. The Outlaws hold many fundraisers, but Bill Outlaw said he was surprised by the support of everyone in attendance Friday night.

“We have truly amazing support. North Duplin and this community have been amazing since the beginning. We’re thankful because every penny will go toward a family in need,” Outlaw said.

“Like so many parts of our nation, many people in our community have been impacted by cancer in some manner. We are blessed to be able to raise funds to support the Outlaw Foundation. We thank our fans for the awesome support shown at the game. Our players and cheerleaders also raised funds to donate to the Outlaw Foundation,” said North Duplin football coach Hugh Martin.

North Duplin saw it as win both on and off the field.

The Outlaw family will be hosting its sixth annual golf tournament at the Duplin Country Club on Oct. 18.

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