Rebels have lost nine straight games this season

Published 12:22 am Tuesday, October 23, 2007

NATCHEZ — The ACCS Rebels can’t catch a break in their schedule.

After taking a 22-0 beating at the hands of Prairie View last week, the Rebels go on the road to face the 6-3 Brookhaven Academy Cougars.

The Cougars are 4-0 in district play and locked up the No. 1 seed for playoffs.

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“(Brookhaven Academy) is a talented, physical team,” ACCS head coach Paul Hayles said.

The Rebels will have a tough time defending against a Cougar squad that nearly 23 points per game.

Hayles said Brookhaven uses a spread offense to open up the field for the running game.

“They use an aggressive blocking scheme in their run game,” Hayles said. “They find your weaknesses and exploit them.”

For the past couple of weeks, Brookhaven has been forced to abandon their run game for passing Brookhaven head coach Bo Milton said.

“We run out of the shotgun formation for 99 percent of the time,” Milton said. “But we have thrown the ball 45 times in the past two weeks. Teams have started playing the run more”

Milton said his team has completed 35 of 40 passes for four touchdowns.

“We have had to take more of what other teams have given us,” Milton said. “I look for ACCS to play a balanced defense playing they corners close to our receivers and crowding the box.”

Brookhaven’s offense revolves around the play of quarterback Daniel Lofton, fullback Kolby Byrd and receiver Corey Dickerson.

Byrd has be been bruised up this season and Milton said he was listed day to day.

Hayles said Brookhaven would pose a challenge for his improving defense.

“Brookhaven runs a lot of no huddle,” Hayles said. “We are going to try to disguise our looks and blitz to put pressure on their quarterback.”

Hayles said the most important task for his team was to score.

“We had our chances to put points on the board,” Hayles said. “We are making mistakes at the wrong times. We show signs of improvement but time is running out on this season.”

Milton said the Rebels have made strides to become a good team and continued to competitive.

“They have gotten better,” Milton said. “They record might not show it. They have been hurt with injuries all season long.”

Game time is set for 7 p.m. Friday.