ACCS breaks losing streak against Prairie View

Published 1:22 am Saturday, October 18, 2008

BASTROP, La. — Adams County Christian School entered Friday night’s District 3-AA encounter with Prairie View with a 19-game losing streak. But with both teams winless in district play, there was a chance for the unfortunate streak to end.

Thanks to a goal-line stand which eventually led to a fumble recovery on third down, ACCS picked up its first victory of the season as the Rebels held on for a dramatic 20-16 win.

“First of all, we thank God for this. It was a great team victory. I’m so proud of them because they never quit. They have fought through so much,” an elated ACCS head coach Paul Hayles said.

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But late in the game, it appeared that ACCS might not get that elusive win.

Prairie View All-State running back Allen Spires ran the ball to the left on an option play from the 15-yard line, but Bryce Murray made a tremendous game-saving open-field tackle near the 3-yard line.

After stopping the Spartans, on first- and second-and-goal, T.J. Johnson made a big play of his own, knocking the ball loose. The Rebels fell on it and ran out the clock to preserve the win.

“To win the game, holding them out of the end zone on a goal-line stand, was something,” Hayles said. “Spires has the best heart of any running back I’ve ever seen in my coaching career.”

ACCS also had a running back step up big time in Brandon Sanders. Sanders had 11 carries for 106 yards and two touchdowns. His 1-yard touchdown run gave the Rebels a 7-0 lead in the first quarter and his 69-yard run in the second quarter helped give them a 20-14 halftime lead.

ACCS (1-8, 1-3) won the game despite not throwing a single pass.

The Rebels racked up 172 total rushing yards.

Murray also was key on special teams, as his 74-yard punt return set up Christopher Perry’s 9-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

Spires scored both touchdowns for Prairie View (2-6, 0-3), and the Spartans added two points on a safety in the third quarter.