Brett Luke | The Journal Gazette Lane Burns, left, and Maguire Jacobs of East Side tackle Colton Yergler of Adams Central Friday night during the first quarter at Adams Central High School.
Friday, August 24, 2018 11:30 pm
Adams Central 35, Eastside 9
Flying Jets run all over Blazers
ELIZABETH WYMAN | The Journal Gazette
MONROE – Parker Bates knelt down on the field and breathed heavily during the third quarter as he got into formation to assume his place-holding duties. After a 67-yard touchdown run to stretch the Adams Central lead to five touchdowns – the quarterback was exhausted.
So were the Eastside Blazers as the Flying Jets put up over 350 rushing yards in the 35-9 win over Eastside at Minnich Field on Friday.
"Oh, I was so tired. I was supposed to be on the wide side of the defense and I told the safety to switch because I needed a breather," Bates said.
That's the way it is for Adams Central. Playing only one side of the ball doesn't cut it at Adams Central said Flying Jets head coach Michael Mosser.
"That's single A football. That's what we do. Our athletes have to go both ways," Mosser said. "We can't play a game without doing that. "We don't prepare for it; that's just the way we practice."
And the Flying Jets are good at it.
"Those guys know that they have to come out here and they better be conditioned, and they gotta go both ways," Mosser said. It is tough to be able to run the ball the way we run the ball and then most of those guys go back on defense."
On the opening drive of the second half, the Flying Jets' leading rusher Logan Macklin took the hand-off from Bates and bounced off multiple defenders to take the ball 37 yards to the end zone, extending the 14-3 halftime lead to 21-3. Macklin finished with 149 yards and one touchdown on 13 carries. On defense, Macklin picked off Eastside senior quarterback Joe White.
The Flying Jets' run-heavy offense has too many weapons.
"All these guys that are seniors in the backfield, they can all run," Macklin said. "Parker can pass; we can spread it out and run it on the ground, so we're pretty solid there."
Running back Jalen Hammond opened the scoring for Adams Central on a 2-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Later in the first half he would run it in again from three yards out. Jets' other running back Colton Yergler tacked on a touchdown in the third quarter.
Bates only attempted five passes for 41 yards, but Mosser is just fine with that.
"That's what we do; we find what's working and that's what we stick with," Moser said. "We're not going to pass just to pass."
In opposite fashion, Eastside is a pass heavy team. A solid first quarter drive stalled, forcing a 37-yard field goal attempt by Brock Holman put the visitors on the scoreboard.
The Blazers were only down 7-3 after one quarter.
Mosser said his team knew what White was capable of, so studying his game was crucial in practice.
"The biggest thing is formation recognition. Our kids worked extremely hard on recognizing those various formations," Mosser said. "They did an outstanding job in preparation."
The Blazer offense would find the end zone with 4:16 left in the game as Trey Staley ran it in from 15 yards out, but at that point, the damage was done.
The Jets ran the Blazers off of Minnich Field, but that's what they do best.
"Whatever's there we're going to take it," Bates said. "If that's what we got to do to win games, I'm totally OK with it."