ACCS crosses Riverdale off list of challengers

Published 2:39 am Saturday, October 2, 2010

COUSHATTA, La. — Brandon Sanders and Christopher Perry returned to the lineup for the Adams County Christian School Rebels as they took on the Riverdale Academy Rebels in non-district play Friday night.

But those were not the only two players who ran right through Riverdale’s defense — or lack thereof. So did Cory Emanuel, who had 118 yards on just four carries with two touchdowns as ACCS had its way with Riverdale in a 54-6 thrashing.

Sanders returned from an ankle injury and finished with 10 carries for 139 yards and two touchdowns. Perry, who missed last week’s game against Parklane with a stomach virus, had 83 yards rushing on three carries.

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“We’re a whole lot better when we have everyone in the lineup,” ACCS head coach Paul Hayles said. “It was a good overall team effort — offense and defense.”

Johnny Smith scored the only points of the first quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run to give the visiting Rebels from Natchez a 6-0 lead. That lead ballooned in the second quarter when ACCS scored 36 points.

Sanders had touchdown runs of 51 and 22 yards while Emanuel scored on runs of 48 and 65 yards. Rusty Blackwell scored on a 3-yard run to start the scoring spree. Hunter Norris scored on a 2-point conversion run after Blackwell’s touchdown and Smith made all four of his extra points in the quarter.

Riverdale (1-5) scored its only touchdown in the second quarter as the host Rebels trailed ACCS 42-6 at halftime.

Blackwell added a 33-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and Theo King got into the end zone on a 16-yard run in the fourth quarter. ACCS (6-1) ran the ball so effectively — 438 total yards on the ground — that Smith didn’t have to throw the ball even once the entire game.

Defensively, Zack Day had 11 solo tackles, one assist and two fumble recoveries while Corvin Day had seven solo tackles, two assists, two quarterback sacks and he even blocked a punt.

ACCS returns to MAIS District 5-AA action next Friday when it hosts Central Private at 7 p.m.