Monday notebook: Stockstill sees improvement for ACCS; Vidalia looks to bounce back
NATCHEZ — Adams County Christian School quarterback Tyler Stockstill had a strong performance for the Rebels in their game against Central Hinds Academy Friday.
Stockstill finished the game 7 for 15 in passing for 190 yards and three touchdowns. His only negatives were two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown from 20 yards out.
After often splitting time with fellow quarterback Carlos Woods earlier this season, Stockstill stayed in at quarterback until an ankle injury forced him to sit out late. He said he’s happy with his progress as the season has gone on.
“With those two picks tonight, I wouldn’t say it was a better performance, but overall we’ve gotten a lot better,” Stockstill said. “That’s not just me, but our linemen are blocking so much better and our receivers and me are just clicking now. Everything is just rolling smooth.”
ACCS head coach David King also said he’s been impressed with Stockstill’s progress.
“He’s not even the same kid he was back in Week 2,” King said. “He’s really worked on his game and his mental aspect, and I’ve been a little bit lighter on him than I was, and I think that’s been a big difference. Tyler’s tough on himself as it is, so I had to ease up on him, and he’s done really well.”
Stockstill said he sustained a knee injury in the second quarter after landing on it wrong following a hit, and he re-aggravated the injury in the third quarter.
“But I’ll be back (this) week,” Stockstill insisted after the game.
And this week is a big game for ACCS as the Rebels (8-1, 2-0) travel to Brookhaven Academy (4-5, 2-0) with a district title in the balance.
“We’re 0-0 right now, and we just told the kids that,” King said Friday. “This is probably one of the most important regular-season games since 1982 at ACCS. We have a long week of preparation ahead against a good Brookhaven team.”
ACCS will kick off at 7 p.m. Friday at Brookhaven.
Vidalia High School
Vidalia — Vidalia High School will look to bounce back from a crushing 60-0 defeat against Marksville High School last Friday.
Vidalia head coach Gary Parnham Jr. said he felt like his team gave up, and he will be preaching to them the importance of giving it their all.
One player Parnham can look to for that same mentality is quarterback Jontarrius Townsend.
Though Townsend didn’t have the night he expected, completing 3 of 6 passes for 31 yards and rushing for 40 yards, he said he’s aware that things must change if the Vikings want to end their season on a good note.
“We didn’t do too well,” Townsend said. “We’re not proud of what we did, but we have to come out next week and play harder.”
Townsend said that as a leader on a young Viking team, he has to keep his teammates motivated despite their 2-5 record.
“I tell them to hold their heads up,” he said. “It’s not over yet; we still have three games left.”
As far as his own game goes, Townsend said he knows he hasn’t been putting up the numbers he was in the beginning of the season, but he said he would try to keep impriving to help his team in any way that he can.
“I need to step up more than I have in the last couple of games,” Townsend said. “I haven’t been doing as much as I did earlier in the season, so I need to step up.”
Townsend and the Vikings take on Avoyelles High School in their senior night event with hopes to get their first win since Week 2 of the season.
The Vikings will kickoff at 7 p.m. Friday.