Rebels roll right past Brookhaven

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 9, 1999

Lightning was the only thing that could slow Adams County Christian School down on homecoming night as the Rebels provided the thunder with a 37-6 win over the Cougars.

The contest was stopped for 30 minutes in the first quarter as lightning danced overhead.

AC, 3-3, had already struck for a 22-6 lead early in the second quarter when play was called.

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&uot;We knew the field would deteriorate pretty quick,&uot; said AC coach Bo Swilley. &uot;We wanted to throw the football so we could get something quick.&uot;

While both teams took a break, the annual homecoming festivities went on as scheduled in the ACCS gym as Katie Anders was named queen.

&uot;I was so afraid we would come in, sit around then go back out flat,&uot;&160;Swilley said. &uot;That kind of thing you never know how it’s going to affect you.&uot;

ACCS’ first touchdown came with 7:30 to play in the first quarter as Ryan Porter took a delayed handoff from quarterback Ty Smith and went straight up the middle for a 58-yard score. The conversion failed.

Jake Ogden recovered a Cougar fumble at the Brookhaven 39 and Smith tossed a spiral to a streaking Russ Marks down the right sideline for the second score. The conversion again failed.

&uot;We wanted to come out throwing the ball while it was a little dry,&uot; Smith said. &uot;Russ had his man beaten right from the start. The rain slowed down at the end of the first quarter and when it picked back up we were able to go with our running game. The offensive line did a great job.&uot;

AC’s next score came after Hayden Wadsworth, who finished the game on the sidelines with an injured shoulder, gained 10 yards on a fourth-and-two at the Cougar. Porter than scored his second touchdown of the night close to the goal line.

The conversion failed.

Brookhaven got on the board on a 2-yard quarterback sneak by Jake Sessums.

A partially blocked punt led to AC’s next score as Mickey Ellis scored on a 3-yard run.

Ellis added to the lead with an 18-yard run with 10:31 remaining in the third quarter. Ellis finalized things with a 28-yard run early in the final period.

Lee Watts added the conversion kick.

&uot;I was very pleased with both sides of the football,&uot; Swilley said.

&uot;I thought our defense set the tempo.

&uot;That second quick score was big for us. They are a very good football team and are able to score quick, so we couldn’t relax.&uot;

Swilley credited his coaching staff with having the team prepared and putting in an effective game plan.

&uot;The guys did a good job of getting our offense and defense ready,&uot; he said.

&uot;This is a big win for us because it was the type of game we had to come out on top to have a chance for a good season.&uot;

ACCS hosts Jackson Prep next Friday.