By BRAD STEPHENS firstname.lastname@example.org
Jackson Adams ran wild on Allen County-Scottsville on Friday night.
Greenwood’s sophomore quarterback went for 257 yards and five touchdowns on the ground as the Gators won their home opener 38-18 over the Patriots.
Adams ran for scores of 3, 76, 26, 21 and 55 yards in the victory as GHS moved to 2-0 for the first time since 2012. ACS fell to 0-2 to start the season.
“Our blockers did a great job making lanes for me so I could see the field better,” Adams said. “Our line got off the ball and got physical. We were playing a really physical team and we went out there and hit them.”
Adams was just 14 yards short of the school’s single-game rushing yards record of 271 set last season by DaMichael Bibb.
Adams ran for all but 89 of Greenwood’s 346 rushing yards. In the passing game he was 4 of 12 for 51 yards with an interception.
“He just has a really good ability to see what’s happening,” Gators coach Chris Seabolt said. “To his credit, in the second half we were having trouble moving the ball, didn’t want to throw it because we were trying to bleed the clock out and he just came through and said, ‘Coach, let’s just run our midline option.’ He said, ‘I will get yards.’
“You saw the results. He had two long touchdown runs late in the game and that’s just because he wanted to take everybody and put them on his back.”
Adams’ running numbers helped Greenwood overcome 13 penalties for a whopping 113 yards. But while the Gators gave Allen County-Scottsville chances with penalties, the Patriots suffered from the turnover bug.
ACS turned the ball over five times Friday, losing four fumbles and tossing an interception in the team’s third loss to Greenwood in as many years.
The turnovers bit a Patriot offense that generated three passing touchdowns from sophomore quarterback Chase Wilson to junior receiver Colton Cox.
“One of these days we’re going to figure out a way to play Greenwood without giving them the ball so many times,” Allen County-Scottsville coach Brad Hood said.
Greenwood needed just four plays to score the opening touchdown.
Adams connected with sophomore receiver Blake Barker for 20 yards on the game’s first play from scrimmage. Adams then took a QB keeper 41 yards down to the Allen County-Scottsville 6-yard line to set up a first-and-goal.
Two plays later Adams burst into the end zone from 3 yards out. Senior kicker Tanner South’s extra point made it a 7-0 GHS lead with 10:35 left in the first quarter.
Adams sprinted 76 for his second TD on the Gators’ second drive, sprung free thanks to a key block from senior running back Noah Pillow. That pushed Greenwood’s margin to 14-0 midway through the first.
“We were kind of slow getting off the ball,” Adams said. “I got in the huddle and said, ‘Guys, let’s get off the ball and go, do what we’ve been coached to do.’ “
ACS fumbled on its own 10-yard line early in the second. That led to a 25-yard South field goal that made it a 17-0 game.
Adams grew the lead to 24-0 later in the quarter. With a third-and-7 on the Patriots’ 26, Adams ran through the middle of the line, broke a tackle at the 20 and rolled into the end zone behind a downfield block from junior running back Kyan Brumfield.
“I’ve got really good coaches,” Adams said. “My freshman year they coached me up about how to see the field and how to read people. I’m getting the hang of it now and it’s paying off.”
The Gators almost pitched their second first-half shutout in as many weeks, but a muffed punt gave Allen County-Scottsville the ball in GHS territory in the closing seconds.
Wilson connected with Cox on a slant that Cox took 21 yards for a touchdown with six seconds left. A missed two-point conversion made it a 24-6 Gators lead at the break.
Both offenses stalled in the third quarter, combining to score zero points in eight drives. Brumfield made a diving interception and recovered a fumble in that quarter.
“We do turnover drills in practice and we carried that over to the field,” Brumfield said. “We applied practice to the game.”
Adams’ fourth rushing touchdown of the game, a 21-yard carry, made it 31-6 with 8:03 left.
Wilson connected with Cox on a 46-yard touchdown to cut that to 31-12 with 7:15 to play. Five minutes later they connected on a 20-yard score to trim the margin to 31-18.
But a late roughing the punter call on ACS spoiled its chance to get the ball back, and Adams ran for a 55-yard touchdown to put the icing on a 38-18 win.
“We talked about being responsible and covering our man on the option,” Hood said. “The quarterback was as good as advertised ... but we weren’t doing anything we were taught to do.”
The Patriots will try for their first win when they host Monroe County next week. Greenwood will face a tough test at county rival South Warren.
South “is the best team in 4A football right now,” Seabolt said. “... They’ve got really good players, they’ve got big linemen, but having said that we’re going ... to go to work with the idea of trying to knock them off.”
ACSHS 0 6 0 12 – 18
GHS 14 10 0 14 – 38
GW – Adams 3 run (South kick), 10:35
GW – Adams 76 run (South kick), 5:49
GW – South 25 field goal, 10:21
GW – Adams 26 run (South kick), 3:35
ACS – Cox 21 pass from Wilson (conversion failed), :06
GW – Adams 21 run (South PAT), 8:03
ACS – Wilson 46 pass to Cox (conversion failed), 7:15
ACS – Wilson 20 pass to Cox (conversion failed), 2:24
GW – Adams 55 run (South PAT), 1:03