The Orabs were able to withstand a big performance from sophomore running back Devin Tripp, who carried the ball 42 times for 258 yards and three touchdowns, to improve to 1-0 on the season. Sheldon will face Spencer next week.
"I was happy with our conditioning and how we controlled the ball but their big plays hurt us," Sioux Central coach Brandon Goodchild said. "We had 21 first downs to their 11, but we're going to have to move forward on some of our defensive mistakes. We didn't tackle like we should."
The Rebels scored their first touchdown midway through the second quarter when quarterback Parker Habben connected with Dallas Heuton for a 40-yard touchdown catch. Tripp scored his first touchdown with under a minute to go in the half to bring the score to 14-12, Sheldon at half time.
Sioux Central tied the game at 20 in the third quarter on Tripp's second score, but couldn't continue answering Sheldon's big plays. Sheldon amassed 487 total yards, including 381 on the ground.
Tripp scored again in the fourth, and the Rebels got a 7-yard touchdown run by Nathan Leer in the fourth as well. Leer returned a kickoff 80 yards before being dragged down at the 2-yard line earlier in the game.
Leer finished with 44 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries. Habben carried 13 times for 28 yards and completed five passes for 57 yards and a touchdown. Heuton made three catches for 44 yards and a touchdown. Austin Glawe gained 18 rushing yards and caught two passes for 13 yards.
"Offensively, the reason (Devin) Tripp was able to gain 258 yards is because the offensive line did there job. We want to be physical up front," Goodchild said.
The Rebels will go on the road Friday and face Alta-Aurelia in Alta.