Adams County Christian needs two solid halves to get Prairie View

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 15, 2008

NATCHEZ — It’s been 20 games since Adams County Christian has won, and the Rebels have had their chances.

They’ll get another one, said coach Paul Hayles, on Friday against Prairie View Academy, but they will have to put everything they’ve learned into place.

“It should be a contest that if we’re able to play our schemes we should be in the right position. It’s just a matter of making those plays,” Hayles said. “We’ve got our work cut out for us, no doubt.”

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Prairie View runs a spread offense that ACCS already saw in Parklane Academy on Oct. 3, a game the Rebels lost 49-13.

But Hayles hopes that a familiarity with that offensive style will give them an advantage on Friday.

Their main focus will be the Spartans’ lone running back, Allen Spires.

“He’s basically the heartbeat of their football team,”

Hayles said. “He’s the lone back in the backfield with the quarterback in that spread offense. If you can find a way to contain him then you have contained a great bit of their offensive ability.”

The Spartans lost their first five games of the season, not recording more than 20 points a game, but won their past two after acquiring four players just before the new transfer deadline, said Hayles.

But he knows the Rebels chances of winning lie mostly with themselves.

ACCS lost to Claiborne Academy, 31-14, this past Friday, scoring all of their points in the second half.

Hayles said if they would have started the game like they ended it, the Rebels could have won.

“This group works extremely hard in practice,” he said. “But turning around and putting that same performance level on the field on Friday night has been one of their problems. It’s there, they’ve just got to do it.”