First wins for ACC Prep and KC Central

By Toriano Porter PrepsKC Staff Writer
Posted: October 2, 2015 - 2:39 PM

It’s been a long first stretch of the season for African Centered College Prep, but the Knights finally tasted the sweetness of success after they manhandled Wentworth Military Academy 46-6 last Friday.

It was also the first win for first-year head coach Leon McElrath.

“It’s always great for the kids to have success, and there is nothing better than getting our first win of the season,” McElrath said before adding, “In my program, wins are sweet but short lived. I don't just coach football, I teach life lessons. I tell all my guys, that we can't live in the past. If you live in the past, then you can never move forward.”

McElrath said the Knights, 1-4 overall on the season and 0-3 in Interscholastic League play, watched film of the game on Monday and keyed on the things that they did well against Wentworth. They will play at Summit Christian Academy, 5-1, on Saturday.

“The second half of practice on Monday was all about Summit Christian Academy, and how do we beat them,” McElrath said. “Getting them re-focused has not really been a challenge, because they all understand that the past is in the past, and we have to move forward.”

In related IL news, Southwest Early College Campus and East will face off Friday night in a battle of teams unbeaten in league play. Southwest, (2-3 overall, 1-0 in IL) is coming off a 42-6 defeat against undefeated Mill Valley (4-0), the top Class 5 team in Kansas.

The Indians failed to capitalize on three trips to the red zone against Mill Valley.

“The only thing I asked this week from my athletes was not to quit and keep fighting,” Southwest head coach Roger Franks said. “The score may not reflect it, but we held our own against a very skilled 5A undefeated school.”

Franks expects the Indians to rebound against East (2-4, 2-0).

“As we prepare to make our run, the message never changes,” Franks said. “Block, run and tackle; if we do those three things better than our opponent, the outcome will take care of itself.”

The IL’s Kansas City Central (1-5, 1-2) picked up its first win of the season Thursday night with a 40-14 win over league mate Northeast (1-6, 1-2).

Lincoln Prep (3-3, 2-0) will take on St. James Academy (4-0) in an out-of-league matchup Friday at Bishop Miege. St. James is No. 5 ranked team in Class 5 Kansas.

“We know an awful lot about St. James,” Lincoln Prep head coach Henry Newell said. “We’ll be prepared for them.”