ALBION — After a season of tough, physical defense, it was only fitting that the Adams Central football team found itself in a defensive battle in the Class C-1 semifinals Tuesday against Boone Central/Newman Grove.
Both teams pounded the rock with solid run games, but it was two pass plays that allowed Boone Central/Newman Grove — the top seed in the West bracket — to score the eventual winning touchdown with just 6:16 remaining in the game.
“It was great for the fans. It was tough for our kids,” Adams Central coach Bill Carlin said. “It was a very evenly matched game. I thought they only made a couple drives in the second half that really hurt us. When we scored (to take a 14-7 lead) and they answered, I thought that was a big drive for them. ... But I thought both teams played hard and there’s nothing to be ashamed of.”
The two teams went into the locker room at halftime tied 7-all. Adams Central (11-1) — the second seed in the West bracket — put together an impressive drive to open the third quarter, highlighted by a fake punt. The Patriots had a fourth-and-1 at the BC/NG 45-yard line. Punter Patrick Hermann took the snap and ran 9 yards to keep the drive alive.