ACCS going back to football basics

Published 12:45 am Monday, September 12, 2011

NATCHEZ — Adams County Christian School made a habit of getting itself into trouble in Friday night’s 27-0 homecoming loss against Central Private School.

ACCS (1-3) committed 11 penalties for a total of negative 71 yards — and that’s not including several additional penalties that were either not accepted or offset. To make matters worse, ACCS finished the game with five turnovers.

Rebels head coach Hunter McKeivier said his team has struggled with penalties and miscues throughout the season and it is something on which his team needs to work.

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“We will work on ball security, assignments and tackling,” McKeivier said. “And we need to clean things up penalty-wise.

“We have punishment for (penalties), and they are held responsible for their actions. We’ve got to clean it up.”

The main issues his team is having penalties-wise are 5-yard procedure penalties and 15-yard conduct penalties, McKeivier said.

“Every single day we have to mentally get better,” McKeivier said. “We have to work on watching the ball on defense, how to use our hands and how to block. We have got to work on it.”

ACCS will play at Bowling Green Friday.

Trinity Episcopal

Trinity Episcopal continued to show strong play from the Saints’ defensive secondary, tallying six interceptions Friday against Silliman, three which were returned for touchdowns.

The Saints (3-1) blew out the Wildcats 41-7, and five Trinity players had interceptions. Tip McKenzie led the way with two pickoffs, both of which were returned for touchdowns. Tanner Cage also had a pick-6, and Scott Turner, Garrett Vinson and Jacob Sandrock also had interceptions.

“We’ve got some really good play makers that make a habit of reading the football well,” head coach David King said after the game.

“I think they did a good job tonight of getting a good jump on balls that stayed in the air long.”

Trinity will travel to River Oaks Friday.

Two fourth-quarter touchdowns spelled trouble for Franklin County High School Friday night, as the Bulldogs fell to Clarksdale 28-20.

Franklin County

Franklin County (2-2) was unable to score in the final quarter of play, but head coach Rickey O’Quinn said he saw some positives from his team.

“We had more than 200 yards rushing, and offensively, I thought we played better,” O’Quinn said.

“Our secondary gave up some big plays, but they’ll get better. We just have to practice. We have two more home games before divisional play starts, so we have to keep the kids up and motivated.”

O’Quinn also said it’s important to keep his players from getting down on themselves despite the two fourth-quarter touchdowns.

“We just have to tell them to keep their heads up, keep fighting and work hard,” O’Quinn said. “We want to win ever game. That’s why losing hurts. Playing the tough schedule we play, we just have to learn from the tough losses as the season goes on.”

The Bulldogs will play Amite County Friday.