Rivalry on ice

Published 1:00 am Saturday, September 24, 2011

ERIC SHELTON | THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT — ACCS’ Lester Wells gets tackled by Trinity’s Tanner Cage, center, and Jake Winston during their game Friday night at ACCS. Trinity won 48-6.

NATCHEZ — If the last Adams County Christian School and Trinity Episcopal match-up was the standard for intensity, then Friday night’s match-up was pretty uneventful.

Trinity came away with a 48-6 win in a game that certainly wasn’t as heated as when the two teams last faced one another in 2008, a game that saw a fight and multiple ejections.

On Friday, however, there wasn’t much in the way of penalties for either team, as the Rebels lost just 35 1/2 yards on four penalties, and the Saints had minus 45 yards on six penalties.

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ACCS head coach Hunter McKeivier said he stressed to his team the importance of playing hard while keeping things under control.

“We preached to our kids all week long about sportsmanship,” McKeivier said. “Rivalries are meant to be fun, it’s not meant (for players) to get out of hand and act ignorant.

“I was proud of how both teams reacted to that.”

Trinity struck first when Tanner Cage scored on a 1-yard carry to make it 7-0 Trinity with 7:37 left in the first quarter.

ACCS had some success moving the ball early, and the Rebels cut Trinity’s lead to 7-6 when ACCS quarterback Johnny Smith completed an 18-yard touchdown pass to Ethan Loyed. The point-after hit the right upright, however, leaving the Rebels down by one.

Trinity scored next on the first play in the second quarter with an 11-yard run by Cage at the 11:43 mark. ACCS put together a drive of its own, and got inside the Saints’ 10, but Frazier Hogan stripped the ball out of the ACCS runner’s hands.

“That was a momentum shifter,” McKeivier said. “I was thinking he was going to be called down, then Trinity makes a great play and strips the ball out and advances it.”

The Saints scored again with 6:26 in the second on a 12-yard run by quarterback Scott Turner.

Tip McKenzie scored on the ensuing ACCS possession, forcing another strip and running the ball back 34 yards for a touchdown with six minutes until halftime. McKenzie scored his final touchdown of the night on an 18-yard reception with 1:39 left in the second to make it 35-6 Trinity at intermission.

Trinity’s final two touchdowns came on a 13-yard run by Turner and a 5-yard carry by Frazier, both in the third quarter.

The loss drops ACCS to 1-5 on the season, while Trinity improves to 5-1.

“They turned our mistakes into their gains, and that was the ultimate sacrifice for us tonight,” McKeivier said.

King said he was just happy to be 1-0 in district play.

“I thought ACCS played well, and we did what we had to do, which was win a district football game,” King said.

The Rebels will host Centreville Academy next Friday. Trinity will host Central Private.