MONROE—Two potential scoring plays, about 16 hours apart, turned out to be the difference between victory and defeat in Adams Central's and Garrett's weather-elongated Homecoming game on Friday night and Saturday afternoon. Garrett came out the winner, 21-12.
The visiting Railroaders won Day One, 21-0, and AC won Day Two, 12-0, but two missed scores by the Flying Jets were crucial: one on Friday just before the game was postponed due to lightning and the other on Saturday:
—On Friday, in the final play of the first half, a Central fumble at the goal line was recovered in the end zone by a Railroader who ran the clock out to preserve the 21-0 lead.
—On Saturday, a dropped pass in the end zone during the third period denied the home squad another chance for points. The drop occurred at the end of the opening drive of the third quarter, which consumed 66 yards in 14 plays.
Had those touchdowns occurred, the Jets would have won by a touchdown. Instead, they're 2-2 overall and 0-2 in the ACAC, while Garrett is 3-1 and 1-0.
Taking the long view, Adams Central coach Michael Mosser said, "It's a journey to the sectional and to improve to that goal. I saw a step forward today" as the team played much better on Saturday than on Friday.
In fact, the statistics show AC had more total offense than Garrett (337 yards vs. 327 yards), more first downs (22 to 19), and more plays (68 to 56).
"We were focused" on Saturday, said Mosser, adding that his players were "tenacious" on offense and defense in the delayed second half.
"We found a little bit of ourselves," he declared, noting that the Jets ran a very solid two-minute drill to get the second TD in the last quarter.
Saying the offense will diversify to what he described as a "spread and run" attack, presumably with more passing in the mix, Mosser said the coaches must find more ways to use senior quarterback Dalton Combs.