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Friday, November 02, 2018 11:10 pm

Adams Central gets its revenge in sectional final

ELIZABETH WYMAN | The Journal Gazette

MONROE – Logan Macklin had this game circled on the calendar; a rematch of last year's sectional championship where Adams Central lost to Southwood.

It's a new year but the same old Macklin, who set the tone early with a 64-yard touchdown run on the Flying Jets' first play from scrimmage, elevating his team to a 38-0 win Friday over Southwood (11-1) in the Sectional 43 championship.

"I just want to give glory to God and all of these guys played freakin' amazing," Macklin said, teammates swarming him. "It was so cool to take this sectional championship."

The Flying Jets (12-0) looked the most dominant they have all season, which is a difficult feat considering they're undefeated. The 11 senior offensive starters carry this team and the senior, Macklin, said it's their play that's gotten them to this point.

"The guys on the sidelines are great they give a lot of support, but the seniors on the field, they play with a lot of heart, guts and family," Macklin said. "We play as a family; it's amazing."

Macklin was just getting started with his first score of the night. With 8:51 left in the first half, Macklin eyeballed Southwood quarterback, Alex Farr's pass all the way and picked him off en route to a 78-yard interception return for a touchdown.

"He's just a special kid. He's been blessed in a lot of ways," Adams Central coach Michael Mosser said. "He does things out there I can't explain. He does an awful lot of good things that make things go, then we have enough complimentary players beside him to be able to get it done."

Those complimentary players might be the stars if Macklin, who finished with 147 yards on 11 carries and two touchdowns, didn't garner so much attention. Senior Jalen Hammond punched it in for the score from the one on fourth-and-goal with 4:27 left in the first quarter. Senior Colton Yergler produced nice chunks of running, including a 14-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter.

The Flying Jets' run game got them through most of the season. But the last two weeks against Churubusco and now Southwood, Mosser's team has had to rely more on the passing game; and his quarterback is thrilled.

"It feels great. I know Parker (Bates) loves it, and I think we have to use it when we need to and we've been able to do it," Mosser said.

Parker Bates went 4 of 9 for 68 yards, including a 53-yard catch and run to Chase Peterson for the touchdown with 57 seconds remaining in the first half.

Senior kicker Baliea Sprunger hit on a 20-yard field goal with 6:52 left in the first half. Sprunger extended her point after streak to 64, despite a wobbly one that left fans looking to the officials to see if it was good.

The Jets have givenj up fewer than 15 points in 10 wins this season. Mosser's defense shut down Southwood's prolific runner, Gabe Lloyd.

"Those three guys really provide a lot of fire on that side of the ball," Mosser said. "You throw Macklin, Parker (Bates) in there and all those guys just really believe that they can get this done. There's really not one person I would say that's the drive."

Adams Central will face Monroe Central, which is coming off a shut out 29-0 win over Union City, in next week's regional.