ACCS eyeing to rebound against MAIS foe Jackson Academy

Published 12:47 am Thursday, August 25, 2016

Adams County Christian School didn’t find much success last week when it faced MAIS AAAA power MRA.

The Rebels faced an offense line packed with touted Division I recruits, headlined by LSU commit Saahdiq Charles. They missed their jamboree tune up and nearly an entire week of practice on the field because of weather. They’re starting a new quarterback and still experimenting with their offense.

But head Coach David King isn’t interested in any excuses.

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“I’ve watched the game film, and I’m responsible for that loss,” King said. “We didn’t have them ready to play. Everything is correctable, and it involves coaching. That was just a poorly prepared team out there, and I guarantee you’ll see a better-prepared team.”

ACCS might have its work cut out for itself again this week as it travel to face a second District 1-AAAA opponent in Jackson Academy.

Friday’s contest will mark the first time since the 2012 campaign ACCS has entered a game on a two-game losing streak, having dropped its 2015 playoff game to Leake Academy.

Jackson Academy won its first game of the season at MHSAA Class 4A opponent Northeast Lauderdale, 35-28.

The Raiders have won nine state championships dating back to 1995, and are under management of former Meridian High School head coach Larry Weems.

King said he wants his offense to cut down on turnovers, and his defense to force more, citing a handful of missed opportunities last week. He said the Rebels had practiced an extra 45 minutes each day in hopes of being in better shape and more prepared.

“The competition is going to be rough,” King said. “(Jackson Academy is) going to be similar to MRA, a lot of good athletes, a lot of skill.”