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BY ERIC MANN
MONROE—First came the exclamation, then came the evisceration. When Fremont's Nate Beatty ran back the opening kick 89 yards for a touchdown in the first 18 seconds of Friday's game (a combination of shifty moves and speed plus poor tackling by Adams Central), it set off an emotional reaction by the Flying Jets on the sidelines that has seldom been witnessed in school history. The first response was Troy Tonner's emphatic throwdown of running back Mitch VanZuilen on the two-point try, leaving the score at 6-0. The rest of AC's reply (including a school record of two blocked punts returned for TDs) resulted in the 55-6 outcome. "We really executed tonight," said Jet head coach Michael Mosser. "This is what's fun! We're playing Adams Central football with tradition and heart. We played hard!" He added, "We knew we were a better team" than the visiting Eagles, but the Jets are also "playing their best at the right time of the year." He especially lauded the defense, led by the punt-block TDs of Warren Burkhart and Menno Eicher. A few weeks ago, AC was 2-5 and staring at the possibility of a losing season. Now with a four-game winning streak, the Jets are 6-5, guaranteed at least a .500 record, and eager to get a winning mark next Friday when they host North Miami in a Class A sectional title matchup. Despite six wins, AC has not yet beaten a team with a winning record, so the 8-3 Indians will present a key challenge. Mosser says NM has a strong passing game. North Miami reached the sectional championship contest by eking out a 13-7 victory last night over Northfield. Fremont (3-8) allowed an average of 29 points a game this year and the Jets had 28 in the first quarter: —Spencer Sharp's five-yard run, plus Taylon Elzey's kick. —Burkhart's 42-yard punt-block return and another kick. —Colby Cauble's 42-yard run, with the kick missed, —Dalton Combs' pass to wideout Ben Snider for a 48-yard score, followed by a bad PAT kick snap that Combs turned into a run for two points. Snider went about 35 yards after the catch and stiff-armed a defender. After the 28-6 lead, the Jets added two more touchdowns in the second period: a one-yard sneak by Combs and a 68-yard Combs toss to streaking Alex Byerly, who was 10 yards behind the last Fremont defender when he caught the ball at about the 20. Elzey's kick after Byerly's score created a 41-6 halftime lead. By the break, the Jets had 343 yards (214 running and 129 passing), while the Eagles had 108 (73 passing, 35 rushing). Cauble had 130 yards on 11 carries and Sharp had 49 yards on 10 carries, giving him 1,001 for the season. Sharp got six yards in the second half to reach 1,007 this year. Central tacked on two TDs in the third quarter: Eicher's blocked punt and 17-yard return, and a one-yard sneak by backup QB Cooper Hill. Elzey nailed both PAT boots. The Jets could have had another score, but a holding penalty on Carter Sharp's 28-yard right-end sweep kept points off the board. Cauble had around 500 season yards before the game and added 140 yards on 14 runs. Beatty and Treavor Wirick each managed 43 yards rushing on five and 13 carries, respectively. Wirick also caught three passes from QB Chandler McDowell for 24 yards and end Jonathon Verde caught two balls for 45 yards. Adams Central had 56 solo tackles and 24 assisted tackles from 25 players. Burkhart led with six solos and two assists, Zeke Schultz and Eicher had five solos and one assist each, Eicher recovered a fumble, and Braxton Wolfe got an interception. For Fremont, VanZuilen led the D with 12 solos and two assists, (SEE AC crush Freemont Page 2B) (Cont. from 1B)Brock Baker added nine solos and two assists, Ricky Short and Chad Workman got six solos each, and Workman and Beatty each recovered a fumble.