The Great Neck South Rebels football team closed their home portion of the season on a winning note, defeating their local rival Herricks 40-24.
The Rebels won this game with big plays on the ground. The Rebels ran the ball at will on Herricks' defense and produced all but one of their scores on the ground. Senior Jamie Hill ran for 176 yards on 15 carries, highlighted by 2 touchdowns, a 39-yard run in the first quarter and a 14-yarder in the second quarter to give the Rebels the lead for good. Senior Alex Ma had 142 yards on 21 carries. Senior Carlos Mercedes raced past the left side of the offensive line and scored untouched from 20 yards in the third quarter. Junior fullback David Kim ran for 34 yards on 7 carries, including a 5-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter to close out the scoring. The Rebels totaled over 360 rushing yards for the game. This, along with the 40 points, set a team high for the season.
Senior Andrew Kim had a big day at quarterback and as kick returner. He scored the game's opening touchdown on a 1-yard bootleg and made a beautiful throw to Junior tight end Kamar Green for a 26-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to seal the win. He also completed a pass to Junior fullback Charles Hershon for a two-point conversion. Kim's returns helped give the Rebels great field position throughout the game.
The Rebels defense helped make the lead stand up. Nearly everyone made multiple tackles, including safeties Andrew Kim and fellow senior Fatih Ket. Other contributors included Ma, junior Manoj Thadhani and senior Alex Shames on the defensive line, and junior Jeffrey Pak, Mercedes as linebackers.
The crowd of about 150 people at McNichol Field was highlighted by a substantial turnout from the Class of 1963, who were in town for their 40-year reunion. The class was introduced at halftime to resounding cheers from the crowd.