The Rebels and Tigers each scored one touchdown – running back Cameron Wright scored on a long touchdown run in the first half.
Neville connected on a long pass for a score inside a minute to play.
A PAT made by kicker Reece Aultman turned out to be just what the Rebels needed on Saturday.
The Rebel defense, as it had most of the night, stood tall and denied the Tigers a two-point conversion run.
Neville still had life after recovering the ensuing onside kick but again the Rebels shut down the Tigers and preserved the jamboree win.
“I was extremely pleased with our defensive kids,” West Monroe coach Jerry Arledge said. “We thought all along we were going to be good defensively so this was not a surprise to us. We made a lot of mistakes and things we are going to correct and get better. That is why you coach.”
West Monroe held Neville to zero first downs and 5-yards of total offense in the first half.
Offensively the Rebels went through some more growing pains including what the coaches felt was a disappointing second half.
“Our technique in the second half was poor,” West Monroe offensive coordinator Glenn Hunt said. We need these guys to (five new starters in the offensive line) to grow-up in a hurry. To be successful we have to be able to run the football. We didn’t feel like we played as well in the second half.”
West Monroe hosts John Ehret at Rebel Stadium next Friday at 7 p.m. to begin the regular season.