SHARP SET FREE â€” Adams Central senior tailback Spencer Sharp breaks loose from the pack and heads toward the goal line Friday at Union County. Sharp had over 100 yards on two touchdowns in the 41-12 rout. (Photo by Cindy Snider)
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.
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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.
Thus, in only the third game of the year, the Jets will take on their toughest foe of the regular season.
"We have a long way to go" to fully develop, Mosser said, adding that effort, focus, and will must rise to the top this Friday in AC's first home game and the first ACAC contest.
He lauds his players as being aggressive and ready to play hard and notes that the Jets will have to redouble all that to do well against a very talented Leo squad.
Against Union County (1-1), Mosser listed these players for doing very well:
•Running back Spencer Sharp, with 107 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries.
•Running back Kurt Blake, with 48 yards and a TD on nine runs, plus two catches for 29 yards, two pass interceptions as a DB, four solo tackles, and three assisted tackles.
•Linebacker Warren Burkhart, who caused two first-quarter fumbles that were turned into the Jets' second and third touchdowns for a huge 21-0 lead. He ended the game with five solo tackles and three assists.
•Defensive end Shawn Reinhard, who had a sack and a big pass knockdown with his 6-6 frame.
•Defensive back Menno Eicher, with six solos, an assist, and a very good pass knockaway for a five-foot-eight player.
Zeke Schultz, a linebacker, led AC with eight solos and seven assists. Tackle Brock Weber added five solos and five assists and DE Ben Pfister had five solos and four assists. The Jets had six tackles for loss. Landon Brunner, a DB, had four solos and two assists. Zach Agler also made a nice tipaway of a UC pass at the goal line.
The AC offensive line created plenty of holes for Sharp, who's a strong runner, and Blake, who's more shifty.
Backup running backs Kyle Baker and Isaac Soldner combined for eight carries and 75 yards in the fourth period. Baker scored Central's final TD on a weaving 14-yard carry.
AC tallied the first five touchdowns to post a commanding 35-0 lead after three periods:
—Sharp's five-yard run closed a six-play, 65-yard drive. He gained 41 yards on four runs and Blake had the rest of the yardage on a 10-yard run and a 16-yard pass from Dalton Combs.
—After a UC fumble that defensive end Troy Tonner recovered at the Patriot 16-yard line, it took three plays before Sharp went in from the seven. Combs ran for two to make it 15-0.
—On the next Union County play, defensive tackle Chantz Luginbill got the next Burkhart-caused fumble at the UC 21. The first play was a Combs toss to open end Brunner in the end zone, but the ball was dropped. Three plays later, Blake got the call for a four-yard score after runs by Blake and Alex Byerly.
—In the second quarter, Tonner sacked UC quarterback Matt Baker, who lost the ball, with Pfister recovering. From the Union County eight yard line, Burkhart ran for seven, then got the TD on a one-yard rush.
—In the third period, yet another RB, Colby Cauble, got in the mix with a five-yard TD run to cap a seven-play, 34-yard possession after a 25-yard UC punt.
The two scores by Union County were by fullback Dustin Grimes on carries of 14 and 10 yards. He finished with 96 yards on 16 rushes and caught a seven-yard pass for 103 yards of total offense.
Richard Berger, a linebacker, topped the UC defense with nine solos and an assist, DB Nate Allbright had six solos, and DB Matt Baker added five solos.
For the second straight game, there was a 0-0 statistic: in the Blackford game, AC did not punt and, in the Union County game, UC did not have a penalty.
AC's penalties dropped dramatically from 12 for 108 yards versus Blackford to just two for 25 yards last Friday.
P.S.—After facing Leo this Friday, the Jets will play at Garrett against probably the hottest player in the state: senior RB Todd Frickey, with 11 rushing touchdowns in two games plus one TD pass thrown!