Outside the Huddle’s Spring Football series will appear periodically throughout the next few months as we check in on area football programs prior to the rigors of season prep in July and August. What are the things that teams want to get accomplished before the pressures of preparing for the start of the season? OTH reached out to coaches for some answers.
After bowing to South Adams in each of the past two seasons in the Allen County Athletic Conference, Adams Central appears poised to regain its place at the top of the league.
The Flying Jets return a multitude of its production on both sides of the ball from a team that finished 8-3 a season ago. In its two years off the ACAC throne, Coach Michael Mosser’s team went 20-5, with two losses coming to South Adams and one each to Southwood and Lafayette Central Catholic in the postseason.
With expectations high, what are the priorities for Adams Central before fall camp begins? We take a look.
1. DEVELOP FALL STRENGTH
Many teams build their fall success on strength and conditioning in the off-season, but Adams Central is one of the best area programs in that regard.
Coach Mosser’s focus on getting stronger and more in shape instead of introducing footballs too early in May and June pays dividends. After all, the Flying Jets need players to go both ways due to their lack of bodies at the 1A level.
With an arsenal of experience returning, this time of year can be used not just for guys like Blake Heyerly and Alex Currie, but also the younger classes to bulk up and prepare for the regular season grind.
2. IDENTIFY QB1
Adams Central had a QB battle on its hands last fall as sophomores Josh Mosser and Ryan Black battled for the starting position. In the end, Black won out, while Mosser suffered an injury early in the season that took him out of the rotation at wide receiver and defensive back.
Black was serviceable for the run-heavy Flying Jets – throwing for 660 yards and eight touchdowns on the year. But his completion percentage of 38 percent must improve if Adams Central is to take the next step. Could Josh Mosser challenge again at that spot? Or does dad and coach Michael Mosser like Josh elsewhere like last year?
With such high expectations, Coach Mosser likely does not want another QB battle on his hands entering fall camp. Even if there isn’t one, eyes will be on Black to take that progressive step forward.
3. MAX OUT THE DEFENSE
Adams Central held five of its 11 opponents to one score or less in 2020, and with a multitude of returning talent, expectations are that the team could repeat or surpass that mark.
But there were casualties to graduation. First Team All-ACAC lineman Joe Collier (nine sacks, 12 TFL, both team highs) and Second Team linebacker Mason DeRoo (66 tackles, seven TFL) will not be easy to replace.
That said, the talent pool is deep. Keegan Bluhm was a First Team All-ACAC selection as a freshman in 2020 with a team-high 110 tackles. He will ascend into a starring role, much like guys like Heyerly, Alex Currie and others of the Class of 2022 did as sophomores.
If the Flying Jets can identify new contributors this spring, it could have the league’s best defense come the fall.
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