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Rebels vs. Tigers: ACCS looks for big win

NATCHEZ — Adams County Christian School junior Scotty Floyd knows what the Centreville Academy football team will bring to tonight’s game.

But he also knows that Rebels’ head coach David King has prepared the team for Centreville’s biggest strength.

“They are really big and really strong,” Floyd said. “So, we’ve hit a lot this week. It’s been more physical this week than all season.”

ACCS has not defeated Centreville since 2005, and in Floyd’s first two years as a Rebels varsity player, Centreville has won by a combined score of 96-36. Floyd said past struggles provide some motivation for the Rebels tonight.

“(This game) means a lot,” Floyd said. “We want to try to go out and get another win.”

King knows the challenge that his team faces tonight against the Tigers.

“They are always physical,” King said. “They are the cream of the crop in the state right now, and they have one of the better teams they’ve had in several years.”

King had many battles with the Tigers when he was head coach at Trinity Episcopal Day School, and he said his relationship with Centreville head coach Bill Hurst remains strong.

“Bill and I are dear friends, and I am glad to see him back on the sidelines,” King said.

Hurst missed part of the season recovering from heart surgery.

The familiarity between King and the Centreville coaching staff goes both ways, and Centreville assistant coach Brian Stutzman said the Tigers know what King wants to do with his football teams.

“David is doing a lot of the same things he did at Trinity,” Stutzman said. “There are a lot of similarities. He tries to get the ball in playmakers’ hands and let them make a play. We know they will give 110 percent and they are never going to give up. Coach King expects them to play every play like it was their last play, and you can tell he’s got them believing.”

Stutzman said Centreville would have to contain the Rebels’ biggest playmakers at running back, Lester Wells and Trey Fleming.

“They are just hard to tackle and very good offensively,” he said. “We hope we can slow them down.”

Stutzman knows the proximity of the two teams has created relationships away from the football field, and he expects both teams to play hard in what he called a “friendly rivalry.”

“We enjoy playing each other, and both teams will give everything they got,” Stutzman said.

King told his players they have an opportunity to do something special tonight against one of the top teams in all of MAIS.

“I hope they (realize the opportunity),” King said. “I hope they realize it’s not life or death, and we have nothing to lose, and just go out and play well.”

Floyd said the rankings do not concern him, and he just knows Centreville is a good team that the Rebels want to beat.

“I don’t really look at that stuff. I just think about going out and trying to win,” he said.

Centreville (6-0) will host ACCS (3-3) for homecoming at 7 p.m.