Football is back: ACCS unveils upgrades to football facilities

Published 12:52 am Friday, August 10, 2018

NATCHEZ — Adams County Christian School unveiled a new look and a new attitude Thursday night during its annual Meet the Rebels event at Bobby Marks Stadium.

From the bleachers to the locker room, Rebel fans and players enjoyed numerous changes the school made during the summer break.

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AC Rebels President Tee Cotten said the school’s booster club, the school’s Parent Teacher League and the school worked hard over the summer making upgrades to the football stadium and the team’s training facility.

The most noticeable change for Rebel Nation fans Thursday night were the bleachers on the home side of the field.

The old wooden stands have been replaced with aluminum seats, steps and floorboards.

“We had been replacing boards and replacing boards and replacing boards,” Cotten said of the old stadium seats. “We needed a major upgrade.”

With the new stadium seating, Cotten said, the school also installed new fencing and windscreens.

Cotten said the school also made changes to the stands on the visitors’ side of the field, replacing all of the seats with new wooden boards.

On the field, ACCS athletes were introduced to fans with a new inflatable tunnel and helmet, which will be used at the beginning of each home football game.

Cotten said other changes ACCS fans and visitors will notice include improvements to the school concession stand.

“We gutted the concession stands and started over,” Cotten said. “My No. 1 goal is to have the best concession stand in the (Mississippi Association of Independent Schools).”

Inside the locker room, coaches and players have enjoyed a new locker room and new weight room.

Cotten said the football facility had not been updated since before the mid 1980s.

ACCS head coach and headmaster David King said before the change, the locker room hadn’t been upgraded in a long time.

“It looked just like it did when I was running around here,” King said.

Changes to the locker room, Cotten said, include new paint, new carpet and new locker cabinets.

New weightlifting equipment and lockers came from the old Trinity Episcopal Day School field house, Cotten said.

King said the entire school is very proud of what has been accomplished.

“The booster club has done a tremendous job and our school board been very proacrive in letting us upgrade some of these outdated facilities,” King said. “We are very proud of what they have been able to accomplish in a little time.