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ACCS defeats Cathedral 39-6

NATCHEZ — It was senior night and the Pink Wave Game for Cathedral School as the Green Wave hosted the cross-town rival Adams County Christian School Rebels Friday night at D’Evereux Stadium.

Unfortunately for Cathedral, there wasn’t much to celebrate as six Green Wave turnovers led to short fields and numerous touchdowns for the Rebels in their 39-6 win that kept them undefeated and put them atop the MAIS District 5-AAA standings.

“We were in the game. Defensively, when we didn’t give them short fields, I thought we played well,” Green Wave head coach Chuck Darbonne said. “We made them punt or turn the ball over on downs somewhere between four and seven times. The score doesn’t indicate that.

“We moved the ball well. We gave them four touchdowns because of turnovers inside the 20. When your offense and special teams turn it over six times, five times inside the 30 or 40, you’re not going to win any games. We shot ourselves in the foot.”

ACCS got on the scoreboard early on DJ Stampley’s 37-yard touchdown run at the 9:55 mark of he first quarter. Then with the quarter winding down, Sterling Yarbrough connected with Kemari Clark on a 29-yard touchdown pass to put the Rebels up 14-0. Yarbrough was held to 97 yards passing on eight of 17 completions with no interceptions.

Stampley scored on an eight-yard run just past the midway point of the second quarter for a 20-0 advantage. He finished with seven carries for 68 yards. Clark had four catches for 54 yards.

Yohan Thompson, who made three extra points and had a big game defensively, picked off a J.T. Taylor pass and returned it 23 yards for a score with 3:50 to go until halftime for a 26-0 lead. Thompson finished with eight tackles, two sacks and two fumble recoveries to go with his pick-six.

Cathedral finally got on the scoreboard early in the third quarter on Taylor’s only completion of the game, a 59-yard TD pass to Lance Gaude to make it a 26-6 game. Taylor was 1-for-11 passing. The Green Wave’s offense was led by Tyriek Lee, who had 22 carries for 159 yards.

Jakarius Caston scored on a 41-yard run with 9:21 left in the third quarter and Dawson Parker added a two-yard TD run with 3:55 remaining in that quarter.

The Green Wave’s defense was led by Bryson Moore, who had seven total tackles, three and a half tackles for loss, and two and a half sacks.

Ty Bertelsen added five tackles, two and a half tackles for loss, and one sack.

“Give (ACCS head) coach (David) King and ACCS a lot of credit. They didn’t turn the ball over,” Darbonne said. “I was very proud of the way our kids battled for four quarters”
ACCS (8-0, 2-0) plays host to Central Private School in the district and regular-season finale Friday at 7 p.m.

Cathedral (4-4, 1-1) will travel to Clinton, Louisiana, to take on Silliman Institute Friday at 7 p.m. in its district and regular-season finale.

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