Rebels cruise to win vs. Central Hinds

Published 1:08 am Saturday, October 18, 2014

NATCHEZ — Adams County Christian School still hasn’t been challenged since falling to an undefeated Centreville Academy in the first week of September. Even so, ACCS coaches will tell you the team has yet to put together a dominant showing all season, despite the team’s 8-1 record.

Still, the team had enough firepower to generate another running clock in a 54-21 victory against Central Hinds Academy.

“I hope our kids can flip that switch soon,” assistant coach Matthew Freeman said. “Hopefully, they’re saving their ‘A’ game for the playoffs.”

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With the playoffs in mind, the Rebels threw for most of the first half, working on route running and timing with Carlos Woods and the skill players on the outside. After the Rebels first score — a 34-yard run by Torrey Smith — Woods found Trey Fleming on a 40-yard touchdown reception and connected with Lester Wells on a 37-yard pass one minute later to give ACCS a 20-7 lead in the first quarter.

“We really wanted to get everything crisp as far as the quarterbacks and receivers go,” Freeman said.

That trend continued in the second quarter when Woods found Wells for a 4-yard score, and later found Parker Rymer for a 15-yard touchdown reception to put ACCS up 34-7. After a 45-yard interception return for a touchdown by Wells, the Rebels went up 41-7. ACCS took a 48-7 lead into the half after Chisum Mardis scored on a run from 19 yards out.

With a running clock, Freeman said the team didn’t get the ball back again until three minutes left in the fourth quarter.

“Well, we had our ‘B’ team in for the whole second half, and they received the ball to start the half,” Freeman explained. “They kicked an onside, recovered it, and then kicked another onside and recovered that.”

Central Hinds’ Brian King scored on a 5-yard run, and Ben Moss Lauderdale caught a touchdown pass from Skyler Price to make the game 48-21. But after ACCS got the ball back, backup running back Jordan Wells broke free on an 80-yard touchdown run with a minute left in the game. ACCS elected to kneel down on the point after.

Wells led the team in rushing with 80, while Smith had 35 and Mardis has 46. Woods completed 8 of 12 passes for 178 yards and four passing touchdowns. Fleming led the team in receiving with 82 and Wells contributed 76 receiving yards. Both Wells brothers had seven tackles in the win.

ACCS welcomes Brookhaven Academy in the Rebels’ final game of the season Friday.