ACCS, WCCA gain experience in Rebels’ win

Published 1:38 am Saturday, September 9, 2017

Despite rolling to a quick and efficient victory over Wilkinson County Christian Academy Friday night, 49-8, Adams County Christian coach David King said his team still came away with a learning experience.

The Rebels (3-1) controlled the contest from the start, scoring 43 points before halftime and subbing in players beginning in the second quarter.

“For them to get reps in, it’s always a good thing,” King said of his younger athletes. “We were pleased that they were energetic and wanted to get in there. That’s our future right there.”

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After the upperclassmen did the initial work for ACCS, they too realized there was something to gain from the win.

Senior Demarlon Lewis — who rushed for two touchdowns on scores of 24 and 35 yards — said he was impressed with his team’s positive demeanor.

“I learned that it’s not good to just blow a team out because you know you can,” he said. “It doesn’t look good on us. It’s like we are bullying them. We  want to do that to show we don’t have bad character.”

WCCA — an MAIS Class A school — struggled to produce anything on offense, ending with just 38 total yards.

“Since we were outnumbered, we just didn’t have the heart I was hoping for,” Rams coach Mac Newcomb said. “I’m just disappointed. We didn’t get after it like I thought we should.”

While Newcomb said he expected and was aware of the size difference, he said the loss was definitely a wake up call.

“We have to get more confidence. I think a lot of the reason we didn’t play was because we were a little intimidated from their size and speed,” he said. “There is a reason there are divisions. All things considered, we competed and we will keep trying to get better.”

Hunter Burgess scored the only touchdown for the Rams, finding the end zone on a 40-yard run in the fourth quarter.

As a senior, Burgess said he was also thankful for a lesson.

“We can never give up. If you give up, it’s just going to get worse,” he said. “Scoring at least once looks a lot better than a zero. Having a zero, there is nothing to show for what you did the whole game.

“The younger ones have been stepping up. To be stepping up against someone like that, I would be scared too if I was in eighth or ninth grade. We have to keep going.”

For ACCS, Julian Wilson, Mj Thornburg, Daniel Huff and Rhet McDonald rushed for one touchdown each.

Defensively, Jacob McDaniel led the Rebels with four tackles; Cristofer Thompson, Kemari Clark and Dawson Parker each added three. Seven additional ACCS players ended with two tackles.

ACCS will be back in action next Friday as it travels to Columbia Academy, while WCCA (0-4) will travel to Amite School Center.