MONROE—Behind the strength of four Kurt Blake touchdowns, Adams Central has a date with North Miami in a rematch of last season's sectional championship after whipping the Southwood Knights at the Hangar, 41-7.
The defending sectional champs looked good enough to repeat on Friday night starting their opening drive with ease all the way down to the Southwood 10 but the Knights' defense suddenly awoke and halted the Jets on four straight plays.
It would be the only time that AC would look vulnerable and it didn't last long. On the sixth play of the Knights' first drive, Dalton Combs picked off sophomore Robbie Cole's pass and after weaving through Southwood defenders like he was crocheting a blanket, scored on the 37-yard pick six. AC would lead 8-0 after Blake ran in the two-point conversion.
It was deja vu for the Knights on the next possession as Alex Byerly would pick off a Nathan Hollars' pass in Jet territory off of a defensive tip on the ball by Zach Agler. Hollars, the Knights' running back, was in at QB for a few plays mixing up the play calling. AC would get near mid-field but were forced to punt after a defensive stand by the Knights.
The Jets' line would hold on the next three plays despite an encroachment penalty and force a Southwood punt from their own 25. Koty Frauhiger would make his presence felt in the game when he came flying in from the left side and blocked Cole's punt. A Knights' player would recover the free ball but the Jets would take over at the 20-yard line with great field position for another strike.
On the seventh play of the drive, a fourth and goal from the two, Blake would finally punch in the Jets' second score to begin the second quarter scoring. Combs could not find a receiver on the two-point conversion try leaving the score at 14-0 in favor of AC.
Southwood would threaten on their next drive getting a 23-yard gain on a pass from Cole to Jordan Boyer but eventually AC would hold on a 4th down and seven play at the 27 giving the ball back over to the Jets.
The Jets would put up seven more with 2:45 remaining in the half on a fantastic snag from Byerly in the corner of the end zone on a pass from Combs. The 10-yard play followed by the Jets' first kick of the day from Lane Harrison would make it 21-0.
Southwood would escape the goose egg heading into the locker room on a 43-yard gem of a pass from Cole to Kyle Weaver with three seconds left of the half. The TD came after AC was called for encroachment on a 4th and one giving life to the Knights' offense and one more chance to score trailing at the half 21-7.
"Our guys covered well and it was a big challenge to our secondary knowing they could throw the ball well," AC coach Michael Mosser noted. "Sometimes when the pass is perfect you're gonna have a big play or two get through."
The illusion of a hope was lost quickly for Southwood on the opening kickoff for the second half. The Knights' returner took his eyes off of the football for a split second and muffed the pigskin into a charging file of Jets. When the dust cleared, senior Rob Farber came away with the ball and AC went back to work on the offense.