ACCS, Trinity face off for first time in two years
Published 12:07 am Friday, August 31, 2007
NATCHEZ — Tonight at 7, the ACCS Rebels and Trinity Saints square off for the first time in two years.
Not only will they be competing for pride and bragging rights, but for their first win in district play.
“This game means a lot to both teams,” ACCS head coach Paul Hayles said. “Both teams will be ready to play.”
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The Rebels got off to a rough start last Friday dropping the season opener 30-0 to Wilkinson County Christian Academy.
“We made too many mental errors last week,” Hayles said. “We have to be more consistent.”
When the Rebels take the field today they will be without their starting running back Duncan Guedon.
He was injured against WCCA and is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.
“It always hurts to loose a potential 1,000-yard rusher,” Hayles said. “We have to go and guys have to step up.”
Hayles said Lee Guedon, Ryan Comer and Matthew Vines would split the carries in Duncan’s place.
Hayles also said changes were made on the both the defensive and offensive lines.
“We’re still going to rotate guys in and out but guys that didn’t start last week will start this week,” Hayles said.
The Rebels will still rotate Luke Brumfield and Colin Dollar at quarterback to give Trinity different looks Hayles said.
“We have to sustain a drive on offense,” Hayles said. “We can’t get down the field and turn the ball over like we did against WCCA.
The ACCS defense allowed WCCA 268 yards on the ground.
“We have to slow down their speed,” Hayles said. “Trinity’s quarterback, Parker Brumfield, does a good job running the offense. We have to play smart, fill the gaps and everyone has to do their job.”
Trinity was also in by the injury bug last week. Senior wide receiver and defensive back Clint Easom went out for with a shoulder injury.
“We thought he broke his collar bone like he did last year,” Trinity assistant coach Matt Mason said. “But we were lucky. He had it checked out in Jackson this week and results came back that nothing was broken.”
Easom is out for 1-2 weeks.
Senior linebacker Kyle Ketchings is out for the season due to a concussion.
“We knew there was a risk coming into the season with Kyle,” Mason said. “It doesn’t matter which team you’re on, it’s tough for one of your players, especially a senior, to go out for the season.”
Don’t expect the Saints to take ACCS lightly. They have been working all week.
“We are taking this week like any other week,” Mason said. “We are preparing for a district game. We know (ACCS) will bring their A game.”
Coaches from both sides said it will be a physical football game.