ACCS, Cathedral host playoff games tonight
NATCHEZ — Two Natchez schools part of the MidSouth Association of Independent Schools gear up for playoffs tonight.
Cathedral Green Wave
The Cathedral Green Wave are hosting the Winston Academy Patriots for the first home playoff game.
““Tonight is going to be very exciting for us,” Cathedral Quarterback J.T. Taylor said. “I think having a home playoff game brings a lot of excitement for the school and the community.”
The Green Wave ended the regular season with a 7-3 overall record and 2-2 in the MidSouth Association of Independent Schools District 4-4A play. Cathedral earned the No. 6 seed in the Class 4A playoffs. The Green Wave have never advanced out of the first round of playoffs since Chuck Darbonne became head coach.
Ben White, a defensive back for the Green Wave, said he has played in every playoff game since he was a freshman.
“It has meant a lot to play in the playoff games,” White said. “But we haven’t gotten past the first round. I think this year we have a good chance to go all of the way.”
In tonight’s game, the Green Wave will host the No. 11 seed of Winston Academy Patriots (2-3, 1-4 District 2-4A). Cathedral has never played against Winston Academy.
In the first round of playoffs, the Green Wave are 10-13 while the Patriots are 13-5.
At practices this week to prepare for tonight’s game, Darbonne said the Green Wave have been correcting mistakes made in last Friday’s 35-18 to St. Aloysius of Vicksburg.
“We’re getting back to the things that made us successful in the previous three games,” Darbonne said. “We didn’t execute well as we should have last Friday and that part was frustrating. We need to fix our missed tackles and holding onto the ball. We had five turnovers last week.”
Kickoff is set at 7 p.m. at D’Evereux Stadium at Cathedral High School.
Adams County Christian School Rebels
For the second time this season, the Adams County Christian School Rebels will host St. Aloysius of Vicksburg Flashes.
The Rebels ended the season with a 7-3 overall record and 1-1 in District 3-5A. ACCS earned the No. 6 seed in the Class 5A playoffs.
St. Aloysius of Vicksburg ended the season as the No. 11 seed. The Flashes posted a 5-5 overall record and went 2-1 in District 3-5A play.
The Rebels hosted the Flashes on Oct. 11. The Rebels won 40-23.
In the first round of playoffs, the Rebels are 7-6. ACCS haven’t lost a first round of playoffs since David King became head coach.
At practices this week, King said the Rebels continued to work hard to prepare for the Flashes.
“We’re going to scale back some tackling and sled work drills,” King said. “For the most part, we’re going to keep the tempo up and conditioning. I think a lot of coaches make the mistake of not conditioning their players in the late season.”
At Bobby Marks Stadium this season, the Rebels were 4-1 and were 3-2 on the road.
“Playoffs at home most people like the comfort of their own dressing room, sidelines and the crowd is able to come support you more,” King said about playing at home during the playoffs. “Those are all factors and we like those factors.”
Kickoff is set to start at 7 p.m. today Friday at Bobby Marks Stadium at ACCS.