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PONETO — In a game that had six touchdown plays covering 10 yards or more, it was a fourth down run up the middle by Adams Central's Kyle Baker that put the Jets in control in a 42-26 win over Southern Wells Friday night.
On fourth down and four yards to go at the Raiders' 44-yard line and the Jets' punter Alex Byerly in formation, Baker took a direct snap and barreled straight ahead, knocking over four Southern Wells defenders on a 29-yard spurt that ended on the 15-yard line.
On the next play, Hunter Bates swept left, then cut back in and sailed into the end zone. Lane Harrison's boot made it 35-13 for the Jets, which added another third period score later on an 80-yard punt return by Stephen Eicher as the Jets spread the margin to 42-13.
"That was pretty big," admitted Southern Wells coach Steve Yencer on the big Jets fake punt play.
"We thought that might be coming, but there's only so much you can check for and adjust to. It was a good call by them."
Southern Wells, which carved out 252 rushing yards on 58 carries, scored on two fourth period touchdown drives, one after recovering an onside kick, to narrow the gap. The Jets improved to 4-3 overall while the Raiders slipped to 1-6. It was a non-conference game since the Raiders do not contend for the ACAC football crown.