Vestavia Hills, AL – The Vestavia Hills Rebels stormed their way to victory Friday night in a battle of Over the Mountain rivals at Thompson Reynolds Stadium. Senior Luke Beckham and quarterback John Paul Head were the catalysts behind the Rebels’ win, as they dismantled the Homewood Patriots in a 43-0 rout.
Beckham, demonstrating his explosive speed and agility, carried the ball nine times for an impressive 141 yards, consistently breaking through the Patriot defense. Meanwhile, Head orchestrated the aerial assault, completing 11-of-14 passes for 236 yards and four scores. Head’s pinpoint accuracy and ability to find his targets proved to be too much for the Homewood defense.
A key feature of Vestavia Hills’ victory was the incredible distribution of the football. Head connected with seven different receivers throughout the contest, showcasing the Rebels’ offensive depth. J.D. Adkins and Carson Mann made their receptions count, both breaking free for long touchdown grabs—Adkins from 50 yards out and Mann from 55. Matthew Ledbetter contributed to the air attack with three receptions for 45 yards, including a touchdown, while Caden Taylor added two catches for 32 yards and a score.
In terms of total offense, Vestavia Hills dominated the game, racking up an impressive 467 yards. Their defense was equally stifling, holding Homewood to 162 on the night.
The Rebels wasted no time in establishing their dominance, surging to a 22-0 lead in the first quarter and extending it to 29-0 at the half. Two additional scores in the third quarter put the game on ice, capping off an electrifying performance by Vestavia Hills.
On the opposing side, Homewood struggled to find any offensive rhythm. Quarterback Will Myers led the team with 47 rushing yards on six attempts but had a challenging time connecting with his receivers, completing only 4-of-9 passes for 25 yards.
With this convincing win, the Rebels, ranked 4th in Class 7A (2-0) have set a high standard for themselves as they head into Region 3 play. The road ahead doesn’t get an easier as they travel to Alabaster to face top-ranked and defending state champion Thompson (1-0) on Friday night. Meanwhile, Homewood (0-2) will look to bounce back as they welcome Class 6A, Region 3 foe Helena (2-0) to Waldrop Stadium.