Adamsville makes run through quarters
Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 12:02 pm
Adamsville is a semifinalist for the first time since 1985.
The Cardinals will now try to take that elusive next step.
Adamsville moved in into the semifinal round of the TSSAA football state playoffs for the third time in its history with a 21-7 win over Riverside Friday night.
The Cards next host Dresden in a game that will see one team advance to the state championship for the first time. Adamsville was this far in ’85 and 1983, losing both times.
Adamsville is one win away from Cookeville because of a punishing running game and stifling defense.
Taylor Alexander and Zak Neary both rushed for over 100 yards as the Cardinals put up 363 yards on 51 carries. Alexander finished with 141 yards on 14 carries, while Neary added 130 yards on 19 tries.
Adamsville’s defense, meanwhile, limited Riverside to just 154 total yards on 38 offensive plays. The Cards grabbed three interceptions to add to its defensive dominance.
Adamsville held the Panthers scoreless until early in the fourth quarter, building up a 14-0 lead in the process.
Quarterback Dalton Plunk accounted for both scores in the two-touchdown lead, going in on a one-yard run at 7:07 of the second quarter and then hitting Jalen Kendall with a 15-yard TD pass at 2:13 of the third.
The scoring pass was one of just four completions in 10 attempts for Plunk, who threw for 54 yards and had one pass picked off.
That touchdown was set up by the ground game as Alexander covered more than 60 yards of the drive on rushes.
Riverside made it a 14-7 game at 11:28 of the fourth quarter on an 11-yard TD run by Nat Parham, the score set up by a blocked punt, but Adamsville responded with a game-clinching TD drive.
Neary rushed for over 40 yards on the drive, and Hayden Reece finished it on a one-yard run with 6:02 remaining in the game.
Adamsville, the top seeded team in its quadrant, improves to 11-1 on the season. Riverside, making its 10th playoff appearance and reaching the quarterfinals for the second consecutive year and third year all-time, finished with 5-7 record after being seeded second in the quad.
The other semifinal matchup has Friendship Christian (10-3) traveling to Oliver Springs (9-4). Published in The WCP 11.22.11