ACCS prepares for clean slate in districtPublished 12:01am Wednesday, September 25, 2013
NATCHEZ — Adams County Christian School head coach David King said records can be thrown out the window as his Rebels open up district play against Prentiss Christian School Friday.
King said the Rebels’ ability to pull out a victory in last week’s close call against Cenla Christian Academy showed him that his team can keep their composure in crucial moments, a characteristic King said would be beneficial in district.
“We did just enough to win, but I saw some good things, and I thought we matured as a team,” King said. “That’s the second game that we’ve won in the last minute, and it shows our kids we have what it takes to finish out a close ball game.”
Though King said the Rebels (4-1) have grown as a team, they must eliminate their number of turnovers and missed tackles as they get into the second half of the season.
“We’re still making turnovers and still missing tackles,” King said. “In district ball games, everything counts. That’s what we’re preaching this week, and we have to put it all together Friday.”
A team like Prentiss will surely test the Rebels’ weaknesses, and King said they must play focused the entire game in order to pull out a win.
“Prentiss looks to be physical, and they like to run the football,” he said. “We might have the upper hand in the skill department, and we’re going to try to put together four quarters of good offense.”
An area of offense King said needs a little tweaking is their passing game. Against Cenla, the Rebels managed to go just 2-for-9 with 75 yards.
“Our running game seems to be doing well, but we’re stressing a little more on our passing,” he said. “We’re having some untimely throwing, and we’re still fumbling the football a little bit.”
King said the Rebels’ mental mistakes have caused some players to become hesitant with the football, but the last thing he wants is for his players to lose confidence in their abilities.
“They’re a little bit nervous to make mistakes,” Kings said. “I want them to relax and play the game and just throw the football.”
King hopes that Friday’s game against Prentiss proves to be a confidence booster among his players.
“I don’t want them going to bed thinking ‘I’m scared to make a mistake.’ That’s the worst thing that could happen,” King said.
The ACCS Rebels will host Prentiss Christian at 7 p.m. Friday.