ACCS hands out football awards

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 20, 2001

NATCHEZ – The Adams County Christian School Rebels saw perhaps their most tumultuous football season ever finally come to an end with Wednesday’s football award ceremony held at the school.

It followed a season of turmoil for ACCS, who finished the 2001 season winless and saw its embattled coach Doug Clanton resign the post just before the season finale.

Clanton was supposed to stay on at the institution until the end of the school year to coach other sports, but departed a couple of weeks ago, reportedly following a fallout over the original banquet. However, the rescheduled affair Wednesday was filled with nothing but positives, according to interim coach Rusty McPhate.

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Those receiving awards were: Warren Freeman, Academic Award; Adam Pate, Coaches Award; Troy Elisor, Most Valuable defensive lineman; Matt Parson, Most Valuable defensive lineman; Most Valuable offensive lineman, Freeman; Most Valuable offensive back, fullback David Barnes and Most Improved player also went to Parsons.

There was a tie for the team’s MVP, which went to both Elisor and quarterback Ty Smith.

&uot;For those guys who stuck with it and finished the season with us, I’m really proud of them,&uot; McPhate prior to Wednesday night’s Adams County Football Coaches banquet. &uot;There was a lot of negatives, but also there was a lot of positives. I also want to thank our cheerleaders and Rebelettes because they never gave up on us, no matter how bad things got. But, we’re excited about next season and wanting to get started right away. We are not sure who the head coach is but we want to move past all negativity and move forward in a truly positive manner.&uot;