Rebels not overlooking homecoming clash with Amite

Published 12:01 am Thursday, October 9, 2014

NATCHEZ — At 6-1, Adams County Christian School is riding momentum heading into the back end of the season. But head coach David King knows that his team will have to continue to play their best football if they want to accomplish their goals.

“You have lulls and mental lapses, that is what you are scared of,” King said. “It is not being sharp and little things like that. If you’re not sharp in high school football, it can keep teams in the game.”

The Rebels will have to be “sharp” to hold off a surging Amite School Center (5-2) team that King expects to be much improved.

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“They’ve got a new coach, and he does a very good job,” King said. “They are playing with a lot of confidence, I can tell on the film. They’re believing in themselves this year, and it is obvious they want to win a district championship watching them compete.”

For Amite School Center to do that, however, they are going to have to get through ACCS. But according to King, this week of practice hasn’t gone as planned.

“We haven’t had our best couple days of practice,” he said. “I like my teams to be peaking at this time of the year, and hopefully, we’ve got better football ahead of us.”

Amite School Center enters the game off a 54-23 win against Hartfield Academy, while ACCS is coming off a 54-6 win against Glenbrook, the team that ended their season last year.

“It was certainly good to get a win,” King said. “We weren’t nearly as sharp as the score indicated. We just made some big plays.”

And it is those players making the big plays that could be the key this week for ACCS.

“We’ve got some talented players, and the core of these kids play hard every snap,” King said. “We’ve got a few who are still learning, but that is just the maturation process of high school football.”

“For the most part, I’ve been really pleased with our seniors and the leadership role they have taken on. They’ve got some lofty goals, and the first one is to win the district championship. If we lose this one, we won’t have a shot at that, so it is important.”

Overall, King said he expects a good game between the two teams and hopes that the homecoming atmosphere won’t be too much of a distraction for his team.

“I look forward to it being a good ball game,” he said. “I hope we have a nice crowd. With it being homecoming, there are always distractions, but everybody deals with it. So we’ll endure and hopefully come out and play some good football for four quarters.”