Adams sets up River Hill in win over Centennial Senior's kick return, sack help preserve 12-7 victory

Football

October 25, 1998|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Jake Adams made the crucial plays, and River Hill dominated field position and ball control to defeat Centennial, 12-7, yesterday at Angelo Fortunato Memorial Stadium.

Adams, a senior running back and linebacker, caught a 13-yard pass that kicked off a five-play, 40-yard drive late in the first half. Jason Fawcett, unguarded, ended that drive with a 4-yard touchdown catch with 20 seconds remaining in the half.

Adams then had runs of 14 and 18 yards to spark a nine-play, 78-yard touchdown drive in the fourth quarter. Mike Schoonmaker capped the drive with a 14-yard, over-the-shoulder catch.

On its next possession, Centennial drove 52 yards on nine plays, culminating it with a 26-yard touchdown pass from Don Swan to Chris Tiedemann with 3: 26 left in the game. The score cut River Hill's lead to 12-7. Tiedemann also caught a 15-yard pass on that drive.

But Adams returned the ensuing kickoff 45 yards to Centennial's 41-yard line.

"That was an extremely big return by Jake Adams," River Hill coach Don Van Deusen said. "We were playing for an onside kick."

Centennial coach Ed Holshue said he elected to bypass the onside kick because the Eagles still had three timeouts left, and he hoped to keep River Hill penned up so that his team would get good field position after a punt.

But the Hawks gained a first down, and ran the clock to 1: 26 before giving up possession at Centennial's 21.

Once again it was Adams time. He dodged a blocker on a blitz and sacked the quarterback for a 10-yard loss on first down. And the Hawks (5-3 overall, 4-3 in league) stopped Centennial on four plays to clinch the victory.

Adams was the game's leading rusher with 78 yards on 13 carries.

River Hill's top rushing threat, Fawcett, was held to 76 yards on 21 carries.

Hawks quarterback Steve Glasgow rushed five times for 21 yards and completed nine of 16 passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns. He had one pass intercepted.

"We moved Adams into a slot formation this week intending to throw to him," Glasgow said. "And we mixed things up with play action. We remembered two years ago that they beat us 52-6, so we wanted this game pretty badly. Our defense came through once again."

Centennial (4-4, 3-4) made crucial mistakes. An unforced fumble at Centennial's 40 led to River Hill's first touchdown. A personal foul on a punt kept alive River Hill's second touchdown drive.

Centennial played largely without leading rusher Matt Deuchler (sprained ankle), who carried four times for 12 yards, and completely without starting free safety David Paolisso (sprained ankle).

The Eagles never started a possession in River Hill territory, and six of their eight possessions started inside their 30.

River Hill ran 60 offensive plays to 36 for Centennial, and gained 300 yards to 113 for the Eagles.

Pub Date: 10/25/98

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