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Make or break for ACCS Rebels tonight

NATCHEZ Adams County Christian School Rebels have not announced who’s going to be quarterback for tonight’s game.

Rebels Head Coach David King said seven players have taken snaps as a quarterback.

“We only got some packages for different guys,” King said. “We’re a team that never likes to go into a game without several options.”

The No. 6 seed Rebels will host No. 10 seed Starkville Academy Volunteers in the semifinal round of the MidSouth Association of Independent Schools Class 5A playoffs. King said the Volunteers have an outstanding defense against the pass and run.

“We have an old grind them out football team that I have really enjoyed this year,” King said. “I’m really proud of them and I think they’re one of those teams that has over achieved all year.”

The winner of the game tonight will face the winner between Heritage Academy and Pillow Academy in the MAIS Class 5A championship game at 7 p.m. next Friday at Jackson Academy.

Ten seniors will play on Bob Memorial Stadium football field for the last time in their high school football career tonight.

Austin Blanton, who plays defensive end and offensive tackle, has played for ACCS since the third grade. At Bob Memorial Stadium, Blanton said he has won more games than lost at home.

A favorite memory of Blanton’s from playing football for the Rebels was winning the state championship last year.

“It has been amazing to play with these boys here,” Blanton said. “I think our senior class is probably one of the best senior classes that have come through ACCS. We have a bunch of good athletes on this team and we’re all brothers. Losing D.J. hurt us but it made us stronger.”

Jack Whitehead, who is the fullback for the Rebels, took two years off to focus on baseball. Whitehead said he was glad to return to play football this season.

At Bobby Marks Memorial Stadium, 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.

King said tonight’s game is going to be special for him.

“All it really means this could be the last time I ever coach these boys,” King said. “Most parents and people don’t realize what that means to a coach, when you realize you might coach a kid for the last time. I have done that 21 other times. Win, lose or draw, it gets emotional when you realize you have coached some boys that you have watched grow up.”

Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at Bobby Marks Memorial Stadium at ACCS.

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