ACCS loses to Hillcrest
Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 20, 2001
Saturday, October 20, 2001
The Natchez Democrat
Hillcrest running back Richard Wakefield’s 3-yard touchdown
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run late in the first half broke a 14-all tie as the Cougars held
on for a 30-20 win over the Adams County Christian School Rebels
Friday night at the ACCS football field.
Hillcrest improved its record to 2-5 while ACCS dropped to
Wakefield finished with 176 yards on 24 carries as Hillcrest
racked up 346 yards on the ground.
&uot;Our contain was not good,&uot; said ACCS head football
coach Doug Clanton. &uot;They got outside too easy. Very few
times did we stop them.&uot;
ACCS scored the game’s first points when quarterback Ty Smith
connected with tight end Garrett Gamberi on an 11-yard scoring
strike with 5:20 to go in the first quarter. The Rebels faked
the extra point, but the try for two was no good.
Smith was 12-for-24 passing for 264 yards and two touchdown
passes, but was sacked three times.
On the ensuing kickoff, Hillcrest’s Richard Dean bobbled the
ball, picked it up at the Cougar 19, reversed his field and went
down the right sideline 81 yards for a touchdown for a 6-6 score.
&uot;That gave them some momentum and it took a little steam
out of us,&uot; Clanton said.
With three seconds left in the first quarter, Cougar quarterback
Justin Vandevender, who was 9-for-16 for 125 yards and one interception,
threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Trey Harris on fourth and 4
from the Rebel 10-yard line. Harris then threw to Vandevender
for the 2-point conversion and 14-6 Hillcrest lead.
Russ Marks ran in from 2 yards out for ACCS, and Smith threw
to Gamberi on the 2-point attempt early in the second quarter
to tie the score at 14 before Wakefield’s short touchdown run
with 1:09 remaining until halftime gave Hillcrest the lead for
While Hillcrest turned the ball over three times, ACCS was
not able to take advantage of them.
&uot;He had missed opportunities. We had several dropped passes,&uot;
Clanton said. &uot;It’s the same thing we’ve been going through
the first seven games.&uot;
Vandevender ran in from 3 yards out late in the third quarter
to give the Cougars a 30-14 lead before Smith connected with Eric
Anders on a 77-yard touchdown pass midway through the fourth quarter.
ACCS will try again for its first win of the season when the
Rebels play at Columbia Academy at 7:30 p.m. next Friday.