ACCS faces bigger East Rankin

Published 12:02 am Friday, October 16, 2015

NATCHEZ — From one of the top MAIS AAA schools to a fierce MAIS AAAA school, the back end of the 2015 football season for the Adams County Christian School Rebels is a gauntlet.

After taking down cross-town foe Cathedral 27-17, the Rebels turn their attention to East Rankin Academy, a team that is 4-3, but has some impressive wins on the schedule.

“We’ve got a tough AAAA team coming in here, it is senior night and there are a lot of power points on the table,” ACCS head coach David King said. “East Rankin is a good football team. They are physical, have played the big boys of AAAA for many years and they aren’t going to be intimidated by us. It is going to be a pretty good game this week.”

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The Patriots will bring a triple-option attack offensively to Natchez, and King stressed the importance of playing fundamental football to stop it.

“You don’t see a lot of triple-option, and they run it good,” King said. “If you are fundamental, you are going to be in good shape, but if one guy breaks down, then you are going to have your hands full.”

King said the challenge is comparable to Columbia Academy, who the Rebels defeated 28-27 earlier this season.

“It is a lot like that game,” he said. “We had a couple of break downs each series then and you just can’t have that against East Rankin.”

ACCS quarterback Carlos Woods is coming off a 189 yard and four touchdown passing performance, and King said he expects the senior to have a favorable matchup against East Rankin.

“On defense, they want to stop the run and make you beat them with the pass,” King said. “That is kind of what we are going to be pretty good at and is a matchup we like. We are going to have to pass it, but we’ve got a pretty good tandem with our quarterback and receivers.”

ACCS and East Rankin are scheduled for a 7 p.m. kickoff at Bobby Marks Stadium.