Private school roundups: ACCS gets first win

Published 12:53 am Saturday, September 3, 2011

NATCHEZ — Johnny Smith and Christopher Perry were going to make sure Adams County Christian School did not start the 2011 season with an 0-3 record.

Smith ran the offense with efficiency and added a couple of touchdown runs while Perry had a big impact on offense and defense as ACCS took care of the Riverdale Academy Rebels 35-12 Friday night.

“We actually played physical, which I’ve been wanting them to do all season,” ACCS head coach Hunter McKeivier said. “The tone was set on the first defensive play for us. Perry had a knockout shot, and it really got the team fired up.”

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Smith scored the first two touchdowns for the host Rebels on a 1-yard run in the first quarter and a 9-yard run in the second quarter. The visiting Rebels got on the board before halftime on a 10-yard run by Bo Perry, but the extra point was blocked and ACCS went into halftime leading 14-6.

ACCS put the game away in the third quarter thanks to a 6-yard touchdown run by Lester Wells and a 20-yard fumble return by Brandon Ross. Riverdale scored before the quarter ended on a 6-yard run by Matt Warren.

Christopher Perry capped off his all-around performance with a 2-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. He led ACCS’s running attack with 121 yards on 17 carries, and on defense he had 11 tackles, including three sacks. He also had two catches for 24 yards.

“It was a fun game to watch,” McKeivier said. “I challenged the line, the backs, everyone to be physical. Johnny has been a leader all season. He’s added a running threat.”

Smith went 6-of-9 passing for 68 yards to go with 26 yards rushing on nine carries. Wells had nine carries for 60 yards and Cody White racked up 67 yards on 14 carries.

“It feels great,” McKeivier said of the first win. “That feels like a weight off my back.”

ACCS (1-2) plays host to Central Private School for homecoming next Friday with a 7 p.m. kickoff.

Parklane 21, Centreville 6

MCCOMB — The Class AAA Parklane Pioneers were just two much for the Class AA Centreville Tigers Friday night.

Parklane had a 21-0 lead before Centreville scored its only touchdown late in the fourth quarter. The Tigers went into the game ranked No. 4 in the Clarion-Ledger Class AA poll.

Centreville (1-2) hosts WCCA next Friday with a 7 p.m. kickoff.

WCCA 36, Glenbrook 0

MINDEN, La. — Tramel McKinsey and Kaleb Sterling combined for 271 rushing yards and three touchdowns as the Wilkinson County Christian Academy Rams annihilated the Glenbrook School Apaches in MAIS South Central A (District 3-A) action Friday night.

As a team, WCCA had almost all of its total yards on the ground. The Rams steamrolled through Glenbrook’s defense to the tune of 382 yards on 47 carries. McKinsey led the way with 164 yards on 15 carries with two touchdowns while Sterling had 13 carries for 107 yards and one touchdown.

Yet, first-year head coach Ray McDaniel said he wasn’t the least bit surprised that his team not only went on the road and won, but pitched a shutout as well.

“The kids had a great week of practice. They were focused on this trip,” McDaniel said. “The defense hasn’t given up a touchdown in two games.”

Even though Glenbrook runs a spread offense, WCCA’s defense did an outstanding job containing not only the Apaches’ receivers, but their quarterback as well.

“The defensive secondary played the coverages well. The defensive line put pressure on their quarterback,” McDaniel said.

WCCA held Glenbrook (1-2, 0-2) to just 66 yards rushing and 198 yards of total offense. The Rams’ defense also forced six turnovers. Linebacker Duncan Ashley tackled Glenbrook’s Noah Woodard for a safety just past the midway point in the fourth quarter.

As for how easily WCCA was able to run the ball, McDaniel said, “That’s what we do. The offensive line responded well. We ran the ball hard. I’m proud of the overall team effort.”

WCCA (3-0, 1-0) travels to Centreville to take on the rival Tigers next Friday at 7 p.m.