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MONROE—Triton won the last three quarters, 14-7, but when you factor in one of the most explosive first periods in Adams Central history, the result of Friday's sectional opener was Flying Jets 38, Trojans 14.
The Jets spent the first 15 minutes going "Boom! Boom! Boom! Boom!," as AC head coach Michael Mosser verbally summed up his squad's beginning domination.
"Enjoy it!" he said three times after the game to his players, which is assured of a winning season with a 6-4 record.
Next Friday in the second round of the sectional, Adams Central will host Southwood (3-7), which came back to beat Fremont, 20-12, last night.
"We came out ready to get some things done and to play hard," Mosser stated, but acknowledged that, after the huge 31-point start, the Jets developed "a lack of intensity," although "we really stuck it to 'em" all night long.
The Jets were bitin' Triton (1-9) throughout the first quarter, which featured four Trojan turnovers and four Jet touchdowns:
—Triton got the opening kick and, on the third play, AC's Kyle Baker intercepted at the 35 and returned it to the 31. Then, in five snaps, it was Kurt Blake going up the middle for three yards and six points at 9:14. Baker ran in the two-point conversion. In the drive, Blake had three carries for 14 yards and Baker had two runs for 17 yards.
—On the kickoff, Trojan receiver D.J. Riffle let the ball slip through his arms and Central's Koty Frauhiger recovered at the 25 yard line. After a pass went between receiver Braxton Wolf's hands in the end zone, Baker was handed the ball and dashed to the right corner of the end zone at 8:54. Baker added another two-point PAT run.
—Following a Triton punt, AC quarterback Dalton Combs aired it out on first down to Alex Byerly who caught it on the fly for 39 yards and another TD at 6:32, with Baker again doing the two-point honors.
—After Combs, playing defensive back, pulled down the first of his three interceptions, the Jets punted after seven plays, but on the first Trojan play, Grant Stichter fumbled and AC's Carter Sharp recovered at the 14 yard line. In just four plays, Central was in the end zone again as Combs sneaked over from the one at 22.7 seconds. This time, Lane Harrison kicked the extra point and the first quarter was done.
The game was effectively over at that point, but Triton mounted a scoring drive on its next possession that lasted 13 plays and moved 63 yards, with QB Bryson Mosier tossing an 11-yard pass to wideout Seth Flenar, who made a exceptional over-the-shoulder catch on the EZ. Kicker Sabastion Bautista made it 31-7.