ACCS, Centreville expect battle

Published 12:01 am Friday, September 6, 2013

NATCHEZ — David King isn’t buying into the idea that Centreville Academy is going to be a cakewalk for his players.

The Adams County Christian School head coach said Centreville’s 44-18 loss against Trinity Episcopal at home was more an indication of how good Trinity is than anything.

“(Centreville head coach) Bill Hurst has a great program, and we always consider Centreville the bar you want to reach,” King said. “Year in and year out, they’re a very good program, and they’re a fine team this year. Trinity’s just that good. Coach (Josh) Loy had an outstanding game plan, and their boys followed through.”

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Because of that, King said he’s expecting the Tigers (1-1) to challenge his players physically for four quarters.

“You put in that game film, and you see that Trinity is an outstanding team, and we know Centreville still has some very good football players,” King said. “We know they’re going to be ready to play us for sure.”

Tigers assistant coach Brian Stutzman said the team was looking to rebound after their disappointing performance.

“Trinity has a fine football team, and we knew that watching them on film,” Stutzman said. “They’re really, really good, and they just came out and took it to us. We just weren’t prepared to play.”

Stutzman also said the Tigers have had a good week of practice, even choosing to show up on Labor Day.

“But we had a good week of practice last week, so that doesn’t necessarily mean anything,” Stutzman added.

Though ACCS (2-0) has struggled in recent seasons, Stutzman said this year’s Rebels squad should not be taken lightly.

“They’re much improved from what they’ve been in the past,” Stutzman said. “They have good linemen and skill, people, and they have several quarterbacks they rotate and four to five running backs. They do a good job spreading the ball around, so we have to be prepared to bow up and stop them.”

Known for its hard-nosed style of play, King said his players would have to match Centreville’s physical style of play if they want to come away with a win.

“I expect them to be very physical, and I’m sure they worked on their pass defense a lot this week,” King said. “Bill’s one of the best, and his guys aren’t going to overlook anyone. I think this is a big game for them to get back on track. We’re trying to build a program here, and this is one of those signature games we need to get over the hump to compete with these types of programs.”

Stutzman said when the Tigers take the field, they’re going to have to have a better showing than they did a week ago.

“We have to come out and play hard,” Stutzman said. “We didn’t feel like we got the effort we needed last week, so we just hope that we’ve improved.”

Kickoff is at 7 tonight.