AC Rebs welcome rematch

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 1, 2000

When Manchester handed Adams County Christian School its fifth loss of the season on Sept. 16, it seemed unlikely that the teams would meet again in the post-season.

About as unlikely as the Rebels finishing 5-6 and entering the playoffs on a three-game winning streak.

&uot;This team has a lot of character,&uot; ACCS coach Bo Swilley said. &uot;They overcame a lot of adversity and came together as a team.&uot;

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Manchester took advantage of Rebel miscues to win their first meeting 23-14.

&uot;We let them have some big plays defensively, and on offense, we had some failed opportunities – turnovers inside the 20,&uot; Swilley said. &uot;We’re a little different team now.&uot;

Having already played Manchester once, Swilley said he knows what to expect from the team’s wing offense.

&uot;Their fullback is a good athlete,&uot; he said. &uot;Stopping him is the key to stopping their offense.

&uot;They’re sound, fundamentally,&uot; Swilley continued. &uot;They don’t make mistakes. They wait for you to make them and then they capitalize on them.&uot;

The Rebels will be without wide receiver and defensive back Trey Mardis, who separated his shoulder during last week’s 22-18 win over Riverfield.

&uot;He’s a big part of what we do offensively and defensively,&uot;&160;Swilley said. &uot;But Bruce Wiley has stepped up and filled the position, and he looks good.&uot;