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Centreville eases past outmatched ACCS Rebels

Centreville Academy’s Randy Bell makes a carry as he is tackled by Adams County Christian School’s Taylor Buckles and Lester Wells during Friday’s game. Centreville defeated ACCS, 35-3. (Lauren Wood \ The Natchez Democrat)

CENTREVILLE — The Centreville Academy football team had plenty of fireworks to display to their homecoming crowd Friday night.

The Tigers hosted Adams County Christian School and put on a first-half offensive display that saw five touchdowns on more than 30 yards.

The Rebels offense could not answer against a stout Tigers defense that only allowed 112 total yards, and Centreville cruised to a 35-3 victory.

“I was glad to see us have big play capabilities,” Centreville head coach Bill Hurst said. “It’s great in big ball games when you have the ability to break plays and score in big chunks.”

Sophomore quarterback Casey Haygood made the most of his five completions. He connected with Colby Shaw on touchdown passes of 65 and 56 yards and finished with 171 yards passing.

The first-year starter said he has improved a great deal since the start of the season, and he is glad the offense is starting to connect on some big plays in the passing game.

“It makes me feel good that the coaches trust me enough to throw it deep,” he said.

On the other side of the ball, the ACCS offense was unable to get much going against the Tigers defense, and head coach David King said the No. 1 team in MAIS-AA was just too much for his Rebels.

“That is just a great football club,” King said. “We made some mistakes at crucial times, and you can’t do that against a great team.”

King said he was proud of the way ACCS continued to fight, even after falling behind 35-0 at halftime.

“They didn’t quit on me,” he said. “They kept going back in there and played hard.”

Centreville started the scoring with a 30-yard touchdown run from Randy Bell with just under seven minutes to go in the first quarter. Colton Terrell added another 30-yard run with two minutes to go in the quarter to give Centreville a 14-0 lead after one period.

Haygood then found Shaw on the first of their two touchdown connections. Terrell found the end zone again midway through the second quarter — this time from 32 yards out.

Haygood and Shaw connected for a second time for 56 yards, and the Brock Andrus extra point gave Centreville a five-touchdown halftime lead.

“We made big plays. We were able to run the ball well, and the line made good blocks,” Hurst said. “We are getting better every week in the passing game.”

ACCS got on the board in the fourth quarter with a 26-yard field goal by Austin Walker.

John Marcus McDowell led Centreville with 75 rushing yards. Terrell finished with 64 rushing yards, and Randy Bell rushed for 61.

Haygood said he was glad the Tigers were able to stay unbeaten against the visiting Rebels.

“We knew they were a good team, but if we played like we could, we could come out and score some points,” he said.

Centreville (7-0) will face Columbia Academy on the road next week. ACCS (3-4) will host Simpson Academy.