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Adams Central football returns with fresh expectations
In four seasons of competition in the state's Class B division of high school football, the Adams Central Patriots exceeded expectations.
This season's enrollment has the Patriots back in Class C-1 where the forecast is for yet another outstanding season.
Jumping up a class is normally a difficult task unless you're Adams Central. The Patriots moved up to Class B in 2008 and made the playoffs three times in four years. However, starting in 2012, Adams Central will move back down to Class C-1.
"The last four years we were a Class B school and made the state semi's two of those four years so I thought we competed well and held our own a little bit there. Class C-1, we know there are some great teams at this level also. We just have to play who we get lined up against and that’s all we can control," said Coach Bill Carlin.
But no matter what class you play in, it always helps to have an all-state performer on the roster and the Patriots have exactly that in senior runningback Jake Fowler. Last season Fowler rushed for over 1700 yards and 21 touchdowns.
"He's a very gifted athlete. He's real quick to the hole. He's got quick feet. He reads really well; accelerates really well. He gets to top speed in a hurry and I think that's what sets him aside a little bit. And so we're excited to have him back for another year. I think he's one of the better backs we've had here," said Carlin.
However, Fowler and Adams Central won't have the chance to battle for bragging rights in Hastings, as none of the teams in the city play each other this season.
"This is the first time in a long time that one of us hasn’t competed together in the same class. So this year with all of us being in different classes it's been a long time since that occurred, but we can all really cheer for each other and hope we all have good success," Carlin said.
Adams Central kicks off their season at home against Cozad on August 31.
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