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ACCS hosts big game on Friday night

NATCHEZ — Adams County Christian School Rebels will be without starting quarterback D.J. Stampley, who broke his left leg in last Friday night’s 23-6 win over Silliman Institute Wildcats.

Receiver and Special Teams Coach Matthew Freeman said Glaston Magee, Tripp Cotten and VJ Knight are three Rebels who could take over as quarterback in Friday’s semifinal game against Starkville Academy Volunteers.

The No. 6 seeded Adams County Christian School Rebels will host the No. 10 seeded Starkville Academy Volunteers in Friday’s semifinal game of the MidSouth Association of Independent Schools Class 5A playoffs.

This year will be the fourth straight time ACCS and Starkville have squared off in the playoffs. The Rebels have defeated the Volunteers two of those times (in 2016, 35-7) and (in 2018, 32-13).

At practices this week, Freeman said the Rebels have been doing repetitions of things they need to clean up.

“We’re trying to brush up some things in order to protect our running game,” Freeman said. “We’re trying to fine tune everything in preparation for the playoff game on Friday.”

Two Rebels to watch on Friday night against the Volunteers are Corey Sewell and Claven Dunbar. In last Friday’s game, Sewell ran for five carries on 86 yards and rushed for a touchdown.

Dunbar was key on both offense and defense. He carried the ball nine times and rushed for 36 yards on offense. On defense, Dunbar obtained two tackles and two interceptions.

“Both of them are juniors, and they have been really huge,” Freeman said. “Anytime you have underclassmen who aren’t seniors step up is big. At the end of the day, we’re going to count on our seniors to lead us to victory on Friday. But it’s going to take some big efforts from the younger guys also.”

The No. 10 seeded Volunteers (8-4) come into Friday’s game off of two upset wins, both coming on the road. Starkville won 35-30 over the No. 7 seeded Magnolia Heights in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs. Last Friday night, Starkville won 24-22 over Lamar Academy.

“We really believed Starkville was going to pull off the upset in the last game,” Freeman said. “We have been thinking we will have another home game. We’re glad it worked out that way.”

At Bobby Marks Stadium, the Rebels are 5-1 this season and are 3-1 in the semifinal round. This is the second straight year the Rebels are playing in the Semifinals.

Last season, ACCS defeated Indianola Academy, 29-17 in the Class 3A championship game and were moved up to Class 5A, due to winning the championship.

“I just feel like we always play very well in front of our fans,” Freeman said. “This will be the last time for the seniors to play on the field and I feel like they’re going to leave everything they got on it.”

The winner of Friday’s game will face either Heritage Academy or Pillow Academy in the Class 5A championship game on Nov. 22 at Jackson Academy.

Kickoff starts at 7 p.m. at Bobby Marks Stadium at Adams County Christian School.

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