Upperclassmen lead ACCS to district win over rival Cathedral, 48-3

Published 12:18 am Friday, October 13, 2017

Thursday marked senior night for the Adams County Christian School Rebels, and the bunch didn’t seem to need much help to propel their team to victory.

Six ACCS seniors scored touchdowns on their home field, accounting for all points over cross-town rival Cathedral, 48-3.

“We were pretty pumped,” senior quarterback Jacob McDaniel said. “This game was different. We really merged. Maybe it was because it was a cross-town rival, but there was a deep feeling that we had to beat them.”

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McDaniel accounted for four touchdowns in the win, passing 7-for-12 for 141 yards and no interceptions. He found senior Josh Day for a 26-yard score less than three minutes into the game to open scoring.

Cathedral was able to respond on the ensuing drive, as Platini Doan kicked a 37-yard field goal. The Green Wave’s 15-play drive was kept alive by a 6-yard fourth down conversion from senior running back Greg Moore.

However, the ACCS seniors were quick to shut down Cathedral’s energy when Mj Thornburg returned the kickoff 66 yards for a touchdown.

“We get a good drive going, and we have the momentum. Then they returned it for a touchdown and it’s just an effort thing on our part,” Cathedral coach Chuck Darbonne said. “We did some things well over the course of the game, but one mistake and their kids are good enough to take it to the house. They obviously have very good athletes, and we couldn’t get the positive momentum back.”

Thornburg would go on to catch two additional scores, both from McDaniel.

Senior DyKevis Ford added his share by rushing for 83 yards on six carries, while grabbing three passes for 54 yards and a score. He also caught an interception early in the fourth quarter.

To notch the win over Cathedral, Ford said, was all he needed on senior night.

“We had to get this win tonight,” he said. We were prepared, and we performed.”

Ford also threw for one touchdown, connecting with senior Julian Wilson for a 23-yard score on fourth down late in the second quarter. Wilson caught three passes on the night for 37 yards and also led the defense with eight tackles.

Wilson said he was pleased to see the graduating squad pull together.

“We have a bond, It’s great to know we have each other’s backs anywhere we go,” he said.

McDaniel and Dawson Parker added seven tackles apiece for the Rebels. DJ Stampley ended with six tackles and one sack.

Senior Caden Gillespie also scored for ACCS on a 1-yard run.

Moore led the efforts for Cathedral, rushing for 115 yards on 11 carries. He rushed for a long of 61 yards.

ACCS (8-1, 2-0) will be back in action next Friday when it travles to Central Private, while Cathedral (5-4, 1-1) is set to host Silliman Institute.