Starfires move on to 3-0

Chris Tulley

BLUFFTON — “I’ll give you your article in two words,” South Adams coach Grant Moser said Monday, “James Arnold.”

South Adams starts ACAC play off with a win, as the Starfires came to Bluffton and left with the Tigers’ pride and a 41-0 win.

Senior quarterback James Arnold threw for 283 yards and five touchdowns in the blowout. Aiden Wanner was Arnold’s main target with three touchdowns off four receptions. Wanner ended the night with 165 yards, 23 points (three touchdowns and five PATs) and four tackles. Arnold’s five touchdown passes and Wanner’s three touchdown receptions are now both South Adams records.

Wanner and Arnold connected just 35 seconds into the game on a 69 yard touchdown pass. Seven seconds later, Bluffton fumbled the kick off return. Then Arnold was back on the field to send Drew Stutzman 42 yards into the endzone for the 13-0 lead.

The Starfires then slowed down, waiting until there was 2:57 on the clock to send Nic Stuber in on a four yard run for six more points. Arnold hit Wanner again before the first quarter ended, this time for 62 yards and the touchdown.

All of Arnold’s touchdowns came from deep passes, with the shortest being Wanner’s third score for 26 yards. Nick Miller was gifted a 49 yard pass from Arnold. South Adams scored 41 points in the first, bringing on the running clock for the remainder of the game where neither team would score.

“We had a long talk about our egos today,” Moser added, explaining that his team needs to be serious as Adams Central may be 5-0 when they play.

South Adams has Heritage this Friday night, a team Moser says he cannot overlook.