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ACCS edges Brookhaven

Adams County Christian School’s Dylan Galbreath follows the ball to make a header against Brookhaven Academy’s Cody Thornhill Monday afternoon during the Rebels’ 3-2  victory. (Ben Hillyer \ The Natchez Democrat)
Adams County Christian School’s Dylan Galbreath follows the ball to make a header against Brookhaven Academy’s Cody Thornhill Monday afternoon during the Rebels’ 3-2 victory. (Ben Hillyer \ The Natchez Democrat)

NATCHEZ — Lester Wells said he couldn’t feel his hands by the end of the game. Thankfully, all he needed were his legs.

The Adams County Christian School junior scored two quick goals in a key game against Brookhaven Academy, helping lead his team to a 3-2 win Monday afternoon in freezing temperatures.

“It wasn’t that hard (fighting through the cold),” Wells said. “I had a jacket on. My hands were cold. I couldn’t barely talk, and that makes it hard to communicate.”

Wells scored his first goal just a few minutes into the game from the right corner, then he followed it up with a second goal just more than a minute later on a breakaway, giving the Rebels an early 2-0 lead.

“You get a little momentum, so I guess it’s easier (scoring after one goal),” Wells said.

ACCS head coach Jimmy Allgood said Wells’ two quick goals helped set the tone, but he also said his team let up at times during the course of play.

“Naturally, I want my guys to jump out to an early lead,” Allgood said. “But as we travel deeper into the season, you can’t take your foot off the gas against these better teams and let up in any part of the game. But yes, those two quick goals made a difference in the victory today.”

Brookhaven Academy managed to cut the lead to 2-1 going into the half on a goal by Trent Nettles with approximately 10 minutes left before intermission.

In the second half, ACCS’s Dylan Galbreath scored the game-winning goal around 15 minutes into the half. A goal by Brookhaven Academy’s Garrett Smith about midway through the second half, cut the lead to one, but ACCS kept Brookhaven from hitting the back of the net in the final 20 minutes.

Allgood said his team “let its foot off the gas” a bit in the first half but recovered nicely in the second half.

“I thought we played a very good second half, and overall, I thought we played about 60 minutes of great soccer,” Allgood said.

Passing and trapping were positives for the Rebels, Allgood said, but there were communication problems amongst his players at times. The cold may have had something to do with it, he added.

“This was definitely the coldest game we’ve played so far this year,” Allgood said. “Many of these kids have not played in weather this cold before, so it did play a factor.

“Overall, I’m pleased with the overall job they did against a very good Brookhaven Academy team.”

The Rebels (7-1) return to action at 3 p.m. Wednesday when they host Chamberlain Hunt Academy.