NATCHEZ &8212; Sometimes things don&8217;t

Published 12:00 am Monday, October 2, 2006

NATCHEZ &8212; Sometimes things don&8217;t finish the way they look at the start. That was the case Friday night at Adams County Christian School as they raced out to a 14-0 first quarter lead over the Silliman Wildcats before surrendering 20 unanswered points to lose 20-14. ACCS head coach Bobby Marks said the Rebels were simply outplayed in the second half. &8220;They spread out and turned that quarterback loose in the second half,&8221; he said. &8220;He beat us all by himself. I told the players if they were going to get beat, he would do it, and he did. He made about 15 first downs when they needed them. &8220;They just came out and outplayed us in the second half.&8221; The Rebels took the opening kickoff and drove down the field for a touchdown, slicing through the Silliman defense without attempting a single pass. Tel Faulkner scored with 4:42 remaining in the first quarter to give ACCS a 7-0 lead. Silliman&8217;s first offensive play from scrimmage was a fumble, which was recovered by Brian Sanderson on the 25 yard line, putting the Rebels in business in Wildcat territory. Matthew Guedon punched it in from eight yards out a few plays later to give ACCS a 14-0 lead. Silliman answered when it drove down the field to get its first touchdown on a 42 yard run by Tre&8217; Roark with 10 seconds remaining in the first quarter. After trading turnovers, Silliman took off on another drive just before halftime to score on a 15-yard pass from Cameron Gentry to Bennett Smith. An Austin Hand run for two tied the game at 14 with 23 seconds remaining in the half. ACCS&8217; offense was ineffective throughout the second half, and a Silliman touchdown on the opening drive would prove to be the difference in the Wildcat win. Gentry took it in himself from 12 yards out with 7:57 remaining to give Silliman its first lead of the game, which they would never relinquish. Neither team was able to get much going offensively throughout the rest of the third quarter and most of the fourth, but ACCS got its chance to get the lead back midway through the final stanza. After getting the ball deep in its own territory, the Rebels drove to the Silliman 40 yard line before the drive stalled. A Faulkner run on fourth and four went nowhere, giving Silliman the ball back. A last ditch attempt for the win with only seconds remaining was foiled when Austin Williams fumbled a Silliman punt, giving the Wildcats the ball back and the win. Marks said his team simply needs to get healthy. &8220;We didn&8217;t have some of our backs running because they were still hurt,&8221; he said. &8220;We had two of our backs out and two more of them hurt. I told them if we don&8217;t get healthy we&8217;re going to have a hard time winning a district game.&8221; ACCS will travel to Parklane at 7 p.m. next Friday.

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