ACCS to again face Glenbrook
NATCHEZ — For the second week in a row, Adams County Christian School will square off against a playoff opponent it has already seen in the regular season.
The Rebels (10-1) managed a 70-48 victory against Glenbrook School (8-3) Oct. 4, and ACCS will once again host the Apaches tonight in the second round of the MAIS Class AA playoffs. Last week, ACCS defeated Central Hinds Academy 28-7, which it had also played earlier in the year.
“I knew both of them would be playoff teams when I made the schedule, but there’s no way to tell who you’re going to be playing with this new power point system,” ACCS head coach David King said. “It just happened to be that those two teams ended up in our bracket. Glenbrook and Central Hinds are in the playoffs every year, so they’re good programs.”
No matter what kind of perceived advantages or disadvantages there are to playing a team you’ve already seen, King said who wins is a matter of willpower this late in the season.
“If you lost (there) would be (an advantage), but not if you win,” King said. “We beat a team last week we beat already, so that’s just part of the game. At this point, we’ve seen a lot of film on them, they’ve seen a lot of film on us, and it’s just a matter of who wants it.”
Senior offensive tackle Scotty Floyd said the team has been focused the most on getting better at everything they do, and he knows Glenbrook will present a strong challenge for the Rebels.
“They have a good quarterback and good receivers,” Floyd said. “We just need to step up on our defense and pass coverage in order to slow them down. They’re focused, and they’re disciplined.”
King said the Apaches’ athleticism is their strength, and their explosiveness stood out to him the last time his team faced Glenbrook.
“They’re extremely athletic,” King said. “They have a quarterback that has been starting since the ninth grade, and he throws the ball as well as any kid that we’ve seen. They just have a great offensive setup.”
Last week marked the Rebels’ first playoff win in 31 years, and King said he was proud of the way his team came out and played even without being used to winning in the playoffs.
“Especially coming off an emotional win like we had against Brookhaven Academy the week before, I thought for us to get back up showed maturity,” King said. “That’s what I was mainly worried about. At this point, teams that have been there and have tradition are able to get up every week, and I was worried about that.”
Floyd said after the win, the team was able to soak in the excitement of advancing to the second round.
“We were really excited about it,” Floyd said.
Kickoff is at 7 p.m. today at ACCS.