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Friday, October 13, 2017 11:00 pm

Adams Central 30, Woodlan 21

Adams Central secures ACAC title

AUBREE REICHEL | The Journal Gazette

MONROE – Adams Central secured a rare, but important feat, with a 30-21 win over Woodlan on Friday.

The Jets (6-0 in league play) won their first ACAC championship title since 1999, defeating the Warriors for the first time since 2011. It's the sixth conference title in program history for Adams Central.

"We don't have a lot of ACAC championships. This is our sixth one. We have 19 sectionals, 12 regionals but we don't have a lot of conference titles," senior running back/linebacker Drew Schultz said. "This year, we had a little more swagger coming in. We knew we had some different formations that they didn't get to see watching our film, and we thought it was good to shake them up a little bit."

Ahead 23-21, Adams Central (7-2) whittled the lock down in the fourth quarter on a single, eventual, scoring drive.

A fresh set of downs put the Jets inside the 10 but a fumble, no gain on a Logan Macklin run and an incomplete pass.

It left Adams Central with a halfback option pass where Logan Macklin completed a 7-yard pass to Chase Peterson in the end zone to put the Jets up 30-21 with 4:01 left.

"That was nerve-wracking, that's for sure," Macklin said. "We've practiced it but we've never done it in the game. We don't practice it too often so it's just a throw, and I was hoping he was wide open and he was. "It felt like (the ball) was up there for a long time. I didn't want to make a bad pass and thankfully he was wide open."

Schultz got an interception to give the Jets back the ball at their own 34. A resulting three-and-out gave Woodlan (7-2, 5-1) back the ball at its own 23 but four straight incomplete passes thwarted any hopes for a comeback.

"The first half, we had huge momentum so it came through decently in the second half," Macklin said. "Defense struggled coming in the second half but we stepped it up toward the end of the game, Drew had a pick which was huge, that was really big."

Bailea Sprunger's 23-yard field goal put Adams Central ahead 3-0 in the second quarter and a 5-yard run from Drew Schultz made it 10-0 with 5:39 left in the half. 

Woodlan's Jack Rhoades cut it to 10-7 with 1:26 left in the half on a 9-yard run.

"(Having a halftime lead) meant a lot because two years ago, we had the lead at halftime, too, and we came out an stunk it up in the second half and coach said in the locker room at halftime that we couldn't come out flat," Schultz said. "We had to come out in a good mood and ready to win this game."

Getting the early points on Sprunger's field goal was critical for some early momentum for Adams Central.

"I think that was very important to be able to do that," Adams Central coach Michael Mosser said. "I was wondering what we needed to do there in terms of going for it or going for three, and we wanted to get points on the board and I think that was a big part of our momentum."

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