ITAT Game of The Week: Dadeville at Reeltown

Dadeville faces off against Reeltown in the season opener Thursday night.

Dadeville at Reeltown

The rivalry is the best in Tallapoosa County and one of the top in Central Alabama as Jackie O'Neal's Rebels have been a small-school powerhouse for years, winning the state title in 2009 and losing last season in the championship game to Leroy. Overall Reeltown has won 39 games in the last three seasons with only five losses. Two of those came to Leroy in the playoffs, the other three were to Dadeville.

Coach Richard White is looking to keep things rolling for the Black and Gold as the Tigers are hoping to reach the end of the rainbow this fall. Since going 0-10 in 2007, Dadeville has reeled off two perfect regular seasons in the last three years and came up just short against eventual 4A champ Thomasville last season in the third round of the playoffs.

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For Reeltown they must replace All-State performers Ki-Shawn Powell and Jamar Williams on offense along with talented linebacker Shaquille Roberson on defense. Roberson was a two-time winner of the 2A Lineman of the Year.

They'll count on rising junior Tywone Stewart to carry the load on offense. The 5-8, 170-pounder ran for just over 1,000 yards and scored 13 touchdowns in 2010.

Dadeville will be built around one of the top defensive lines in Alabama this year. With Auburn commitment Darrion Hutcherson (6-7, 245) and fellow seniors Rashad Blackwell (6-0, 315) and Serdarryan Pulliam (6-1, 245) making plays along with dynamic junior tackle Rod Crayton (6-0, 285), the Tigers will be big and physical.

Offensively the Tigers must replace a load of talent with quarterback Kyle Caldwell, two senior running backs and three senior receivers all gone from 2010. Hutcherson along with 6-3 junior receiver Terry Toler will give new quarterback Kaleb Beck two big targets outside in the passing game. Up front senior tackle Nick Johnson is a talented offensive lineman that should be one of the best in the area this season.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday night at Reeltown. Dadeville has won the last three meetings and leads the series 25-15.

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