The Adams Central Flying Jets have absolutely dominated the season so far. Outscoring their opponents 47.1 to 4.7 on average, they have given up double digit scoring in a game just twice all season.
That makes this team tops in defensive scoring average and in the average margin of victory in the entire state. They also have the second-best offensive average in the state.
When you put up numbers like that, it is hard to say that anyone is underrated. But with that in mind and our tradition of state finals week coverage, here are five players that you may not hear about as much, but should pay attention to on Friday in the Class 1A title game.
When you look at Adams Central’s offense, the fact that it runs so much makes you forget a little about how good Black has been at making plays under center. He was a perfect 3-of-3 last week in the semi state win over North Judson. Black has grown to make high quality reads and not force his passes. He moves around and out of the pocket well, helping give his speedster skill players time to break away from their defenders. Not to mention that he too can break away for the run. Black doesn’t get enough credit for how he’s spread out this high-octane offense.
Hirschy has been a dominant part of Adams Central’s defensive line for years. He has been an anchor that control the line well and opens things up for his fellow defenders. Hirschy shows outstanding lateral range with his size and has a high motor. This AC lineman is strong enough to make plays through blocks and alter things for his defense in the process. When you look at why Adams Central is holding opponents to such low scoring, Hirschy’s experience is a big part of it.
Mosser has been able to effect games in multiple ways. In the regional round against South Adams, Mosser actually led the Flying Jets defense with 6.5 tackles, including one for a loss. Mosser works the edges well and has underrated speed and timing to get to the ball. Mosser can play hard and fast for the Flying Jets. Mosser has helped hold his defense accountable throughout this season because of how focused that he plays.
When Wurm can get loose and into the backfield, it is probably bad for opposing offenses. Wurm likes to narrow the time that the opposing team can spend back there and is underrated when it comes to how he can rattle a quarterback. While he isn’t always the leader in statistics for the Adams Central defense, Wurm is always active and the kind of activity makes it so much better when he escapes and can lay his heavy handed defense on the opposing playmakers.
While he excels as part of the stout Adams Central defense, we actually aren’t focused on that here. Instead, lets look at Currie’s kicking. He doesn’t often have to look for long kicks as he peppers through a ton of extra points. In fact, Currie has hit 65 extra points this season. That said, he does have a big and capable leg and that is something you like to have going into the state finals. We’ve seen Leo’s season end on a missed XP and last year in the state finals, we saw South Adams miss a kick early. When and if called upon, Currie can convert.