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Adams helps Gators make quick work of Dragons

Greenwood's Jackson Adams started the running clock, then called it a night.

The Gators' junior quarterback followed his third rushing touchdown of the night with a two-point conversion run to get the clock going late in the second quarter, then sat out the second half of Greenwood's 43-6 win over Warren Central.

Adams finished his abbreviated night with 11 rushing yards and three scores on just three carries, and added a 1-yard touchdown pass Malcolm Johnson for good measure.

With a home Class 5A state playoff game looming next week against Graves County, Gators coach Chris Seabolt was hoping to make it a light night for some of his banged-up starters including Adams.

That's just what happened as Greenwood (7-2) scored touchdowns on all five first-half possessions against the winless Dragons.

Adams had a hand in four of those scores, including a pair of long touchdown runs as the Gators regrouped nicely after last week's 50-0 loss to 5A's No.1-ranked Bowling Green.

"He did a good job," Seabolt said. "He did a good job of bouncing back from last week. It was a little bit different defense we were playing against tonight and he was able to get some yards running the football."

Adams opened the scoring with a 4-yard touchdown run, then broke loose on the Gators' next possession with a 55-yard scoring run on the first play of the drive.

Warren Central turned the ball over on downs at their own 27-yard line after that score, and three plays later Greenwood's Xezayier Snorton rumbled in for a 4-yard touchdown run to push the lead to 21-0 with 1:27 left in the first quarter.

After forcing another punt, the Gators struck again when Adams capped a eight-play, 44-yard drive with a 1-yard TD pass to Johnson.

Greenwood held again on Warren Central's next drive, and on first down Adams broke loose again for a 52-yard score and added the conversion run to speed up the game clock.

A 33-yard touchdown run by Greenwood backup quarterback Zach Langevin pushed the Gators' lead to 43 late in the third quarter, but the Dragons finally broke through on their last possession.

The youthful Dragons, with only five seniors on the roster, had some success running the ball in the first half against Greenwood's starters and continued that in the second half against the Gators' backups.

Warren Central junior running back D.J. Tyner (103 rushing yards on 18 carries) finished off a 10-play, 80-yard drive with a 7-yard touchdown run with 7:39 to play.

The loss ended the Dragons' season under first-year head coach Joel Taylor.

"I was very pleased with our work ethic in practice this season," Taylor said. "Even when things did not go well for us on the scoreboard, our kids came to work every day, smiles on their faces, happy to be at football practice and compete to the best of their abilities.

"It is very difficult to compete in this district against these quality opponents with sophomores, freshman in the starting roster. ... I think that'll help us. Battle-tested, for sure."

Snorton added 64 rushing yards for the Gators, and Xavier Patrick-Brown finished with 43 rushing yards for the Dragons.

Warren Central 0 0 0 6 — 6

Greenwood 21 15 7 0 — 43

First quarter

G — Jackson Adams 4 run (Tanner Dawson kick), 6:09

G — Adams 55 run (Dawson kick), 3:56

G — Xezayier Snorton 4 run (Dawson kick), 1:27

Second quarter

G — Malcolm Johnson 1 pass from Adams (Dawson kick), 6:33

G — Adams 52 run (Adams run), 1:51

Third quarter

G — Zach Langevin 33 run (Dawson kick), 3:51

Fourth quarter

WC — D.J. Tyner 7 run (kick failed), 7:39

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