Working process: Despite loss, former players see improvement in ACCS football teamPublished 12:46am Monday, October 8, 2012
NATCHEZ — Thursday night R.J. Fleming took part in Arkansas State’s 34-20 domination of Florida International, and that gave him time Friday to come home and witness his brother end up on the opposite end of a lopsided score.
Trey Fleming caught four passes for 54 yards and scored a touchdown for the Adams County Christian School football team, but the Rebels dropped their game to Simpson Academy 49-14.
ACCS trailed 43-7 at halftime, and R.J. said the Rebels would be defined by how they responded to the large deficit.
“At this point, you don’t even look at the scoreboard,” R.J. said. “It’s about how you finish the game. You look for guys to show heart.”
R.J. was one of two former Trinity Episcopal standouts on hand to watch the Rebels play Friday. Kent King, son of ACCS head coach David King, was also at the game, and despite the lopsided performance, Kent said he thinks ACCS has gotten better this season.
“They’ve improved from what I’ve seen,” Kent said. “But in games like this you have to keep playing until the last minute. You can’t give up or get down and think it’s over.”
R.J. said he would talk to his brother after the game about being a leader for the Rebels and playing hard despite the score.
“I have to see more heart out of my brother,” R.J. said. “Even tonight when we get home we will go out in the yard and work for next game.”
The Rebels have run up against the top two teams in MAIS Class-AA in the past two weeks, and taken their lumps, but David King said the coaching staff started work for Silliman Institute right after Friday’s game. The head coach said he expects the Rebels to continue to improve each week, despite their record.
This year’s ACCS team has the tools to win some games, R.J. said, but it’s all about putting it together on the field.
“I really think AC has a lot of talent,” R.J. said. “I think they are on the verge of something special, and Coach King has a lot of talent. They are just missing heart.”
Kent, who is a student at Northwestern State University, said he expects the ACCS football program to start to show great improvement in the future.
“They have a bunch of good kids,” he said. “The future looks bright. They had a good junior varsity season. They just have to keep on course and follow dad’s coaching.”
ACCS (3-5, 0-1) will look to rebound Friday night against Silliman.