Rebels set for top-tier playoff clash

Published 12:03 am Friday, November 7, 2014

The Adams County Christian School Rebels have won by a margin of 39 points per game since falling to Centreville Academy on Sept. 5.

Tonight, when Silliman Institute rolls into town for a second round MAIS AA playoff matchup, ACCS head coach David King is expecting a Friday night brawl.

ACCS (10-1) took down Prentiss Christian 52-6 last week, while Silliman (9-2) comes in off a 40-0 win against Ben’s Ford Christian.

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“They are well coached and have a very good tradition down there,” King said. “They are as physical of a team that we’ve seen, and it isn’t every day you see a South Carolina commit line up against you. They’ve got a lot of prospects down there. They were tit for tat with Centreville, and that says enough.”

King stressed the physicality of the Wildcats on both sides of the ball, saying he knows his team will have to be ready to take some hits.

“Silliman has some big play-power,” King said. “They’ve got some fast receivers and some good running backs, but they rely on big tight ends and a big center to make holes. They are going to throw size at us.”

But along with that physicality comes athletes.

“They are the first team that I’ve seen that has the speed to go along with what we have, and have the size,” King said.

Offensively, the Rebels will be going against a stingy defense that has given up more than 20 points just twice on the year.

“They are so physical upfront, but then, they have so much speed in the defensive backfield,” King said. “They are, along with Centreville, the best two defenses we’ve seen without a question.”

Despite a huge matchup looming, King said he has felt a sense of urgency from his team and knows they realize the magnitude of the game.

“This is a whole new atmosphere coming up this week,” King said. “Silliman is a high intensity team. Everybody is good at this point in the season, but this is one of those games where there is no margin for error.”

ACCS will also have the advantage of playing at home, which is something King hopes will spark a fire in the team.

“We feel the crowd will be big, and everybody knows what is at stake,” King said. “We got a little taste of it last year, now these people are ready to take the next step. This is what it is. We are here.”

ACCS and Silliman are scheduled for a 7 p.m. kickoff.