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MUNCIE- Five first half turnovers from the Raiders spelled an easy victory for Adams Central at Ball State on Saturday, while the Starfiresâ€¦
Adams Central opened up the four-game ACAC extravaganza in Muncie with a lopsided 41-24 victory over the Southern Wells Raiders.
The Jets jumped out of the gate on their opening possession when quarterback Dalton Combs connected with sophomore Carter Sharp on a fourth and two that turned into six points for AC on a 36-yard romp. The kick was botched for the Jets.
On the Raidersâ€™ possession with their second play from scrimmage, Zach Agler picked off SW quarterback Kennan Mooberry near the Jetsâ€™ own 45 yard line. It would be the first of three picks on the day for Agler, easily his best defensive output of the season.
The teamâ€™s contrasting first possessions would be a sign of things to come as the Jets would pour on 20 points in the first quarter.
On their next drive following the interception, Combs and the Jets would pull out a methodical push down the field with four first downs eventually handing the ball off to running back Kurt Blake for a two-yard score. The Jets would try and even out the score with a two-point conversion but it would be incomplete leaving them up 12-0.
The Raiders would cough up the football once again on their next possession with a fumble near mid-field and Combs would capitalize on a 45-yard connection with wide receiver Alex Byerly from 45 yards out. The Jets would finally get a special teams score on the two-point conversion putting them up 20-0.
With two minutes left in the first quarter, the Raiders would find a way to give AC the football once more putting their turnover total at three for the first quarter when Ben Pfister tackled a Raider running back with some force, then jumped on the loose ball.
The Jetsâ€™ next possession spilled over into the second quarter where they had a big run from Blake, then a 40-yard strike to Braxton Wolf just short of the goal line before fullback Kyle Baker got in on the scoring with a two-yard leap for six moreÂ and a 27-0 AC lead.