Same trouble follows USC

Published 12:00 am Sunday, September 17, 2006

WELLS &045; Turnovers continue to haunt the United South Center football team. Three fumbles including one to begin each half helped Medford down the Rebels 25-8 Friday night.

USC (0-3) would fumble on its first play from scrimmage which the Tigers recovered and turned into an 11-yard Ty Stenby touchdown.

Medford would expand its lead to 12-0 in the first quarter when Jake Kaplan scored from 13 yards out.

USC would battle back to within four points when Dan Sandt capped a six-play drive with a 16-yard run to the end zone and quarterback Jordan Stenzel found Chris Yost for the two-point conversion.

Both teams would be held off the scoreboard in the third quarter which would prove to be costly for the Rebels.

&8220;Our offense just couldn&8217;t move when our defense was playing well in the third quarter,&8221; USC head coach Brent Schimek said. &8220;We fumbled the ball on our first possession and had three on the night. The same things keep hurting us.&8221;

Medford would secure the win when Kaplan finished off a 13-play drive with a 6-yard run in the fourth.

Stenzel led the Rebels through the air and on the ground with 102 and 49 yards, respectively.

Travis Fiebelkorn led the USC defense with seven tackles and the Rebels did recover one fumble of their own.

The Rebels are in Waterville to take on WEM this Friday.