Rebels fall short of championship in 8-3 loss to Central Hinds
RAYMOND — The 2013-2014 season for the Adams County Christian School Rebels has been one to remember.
But the Cinderella story that started off by winning the school’s first district championship didn’t have the fairy-tale ending many hoped for.
The ACCS Rebels dropped their match against Central Hinds Academy 8-3 in the MAIS Class AA State Championship Monday.
Rebels head coach Jimmy Allgood said the scoreboard didn’t reflect his players’ efforts Monday.
“We had to bring 150 percent and we brought it (Monday),” Allgood said. “We had a lot of the miscues on balls that hit the back of the net for them. It just went their way.”
The Rebels had the momentum early as they led 1-0 on the first goal of Lester Wells’ hat trick just 10 minutes into the game.
But the lead was short lived and the game started to slip away in the first half as the Cougars’ Tanner Leggett scored a hat trick in the first half alone.
His three goals, plus Gunar Robinson’s goal put Central Hinds ahead 4-1 at halftime.
Allgood said the he told his players the second half was their chance to get back into the game.
“We made a few adjustments at halftime to try to shut down a couple of their key players,” he said. “We did what we could to get our intensity back up.”
ACCS came back out of the locker room and allowed Central Hinds to score again in the first six minutes of the second half.
Down 5-1, the Rebels received a sign of life when Wells scored his second goal of the evening on an assist by Justin Allgood to inch within 5-2.
The two teams began to battle back and forth as the Cougars scored on a Robinson goal that slipped right through the fingers of Rebel goalie Zach Pintard.
But the Rebels came back with Wells’ third goal on the next Rebel possession with just 15 minutes played in the second half.
Though it seemed to be the start of a potential comeback, it was all the juice the Rebels had left as Central Hinds scored twice more in the last five minutes of play to win the state championship 8-3.
Hunter Lindsey, Jordan Babb, Tyler Steed and Dylan Galbrath were all selected to the All-MAIS team.
Lindsey, a senior, said he is proud of his teammates and their efforts to make it to the championship game.
“(The Cougars) are just a good fundamental team, and we just caught the worst of it (Monday),” Lindsey said. “We tried to pass better, and once we scored again (in the second half), we tried to play better defensively and we shouldn’t (have waited that long).”
Pintard, who recorded 10 saves, said defense was the deciding factor in the game for the Rebels.
“They had three phenomenal strikers,” Pintard said. “We just did what we could, but we ended up keeping up with them in the second half at least.”
With the Rebels season ending with a 19-3-1 record, Allgood said he looks back at their journey this year and all of their accomplishments and knows one thing for sure.
“All I can say is, we will be back at the big dance again,” Allgood said.