South Adams football coach Jason Arnold was one of 10 high school coaches nominated for the weekly Colts/NFL Coach of the Week program sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
Arnold, whose Starfires knocked off Bellmont 13-10 last Friday, was nominated in region three. Floyd McWhirt of Wabash High School was named Coach of the Week after leading the Apaches to its second straight win of the season in his first year at the helm.
Two games into the 2011 season, Adams Central has outscored Blackford and Union County 94 to 40, while AC's next opponent, Leo, has outscored Norwell and Angola 84-18.
However, the key difference, as Flying Jet head coach Michael Mosser pointed out after last Friday's game at UC, is that Central has beaten two teams that are not too good, while Leo has knocked off two schools that generally field pretty good teams.
First and foremost, congratulations go to South Adams and quarterback Dustin Wanner for hanging around long enough to put together the game-winning drive in less than 50 seconds Friday night in their 13-10 upset of the much bigger and stronger Bellmont Braves.
The way they earned that win was just hanging in there despite getting outgained 271-98 in rushing yards and netting only six first downs prior to that final drive.
No. 1 Bellmont bounced back from a tough loss at Concordia on Tuesday to take out South Adams 25-8, 25-14 and 25-5, Thursday night at the Teepee.
Except for a streak in the second game when South Adams seemed to find all the creases, breaking out to a 10-7 lead, it was all Bellmont in the intra-county showdown.
Taylor Kennedy scored the first and last goal Thursday in Bellmont's loop showdown with Columbia City and the defense held up late for a 4-3 Squaws' win over the Eagles.
It was the fourth win without a loss for the Squaws.
With three coaches switching sidelines Friday night at Bob Worthman Stadium, it would make sense that the normal level of intensity at a Bellmont-South Adams football game would increase a bit.
Not so say both head coaches, Larry Getts, who replaced Rick Burkhalter at Bellmont, and Jason Arnold, who recruited Burkhalter to lead his offense at South Adams.
"Our plan is to keep their offense off the field by moving the ball ourselves," stated Union County football coach Rich Padgett on the strategy that his Patriots will use in facing Michael Mosser's No. 6 Adams Central Jets for the first time this Friday night.
The game will take place at Union County, which is located three counties south, 80 miles, and it will begin at 7:30 p.m.
FORT WAYNE — Aided by a pair of crucial "in the net" calls during the latter stages of game five, No. 5 Concordia outlasted No. 1 Bellmont 16-14 for the 3-2 victory in a clash of area volleyball titans Tuesday night at a stuffy Concordia gym.
The Lady Cadets rallied to win the first game 26-24, then took game two 25-20. Bellmont stormed back to dominate game three, 25-17 and won a tough game four 25-23 to set the stage for an exciting game five.
South Adams runners fared well in the annual Bellmont Cross Country Invitational Tuesday afternoon with Evan Liechty and Brody Shane placing one-two in the boys race and Hannah Moore and Kristen Muselman going three-four on the girls side.
New Haven scored a 3-1 victory over Adams Central Monday in high school girls volleyball. Again, the Jets were without veteran setter Alyssa Keller, out of the lineup because of illness.
The Jets lost a close game 25-23 in the opener, tied the match with a 25-18 win, then lost the final two games to the Bulldogs, 21-25.