The Flying Jets beat Heritage 42-7 in a battle of conference unbeatens on Friday night. The win improves Adams Central’s conference record to 2-0 and a date with rival South Adams up next.
The Jets dominance within the ACAC is on par with how their three previous conference title seasons went, a high-powered offense complemented by a stout defense. Both were on display Friday in Monroeville.
Heritage ran 13 more plays than Adams Central did and had the ball for seven more minutes, but the Jets were the more efficient team. They averaged 8.1 yards per play to 3.3 by the Patriots. Adams Central outgained Heritage 358-190.
“It’s a turning point for how we practice and play. We have not had consistency throughout the season,” Adams Central head coach Michael Mosser said.
He said he was not happy with his team after a 41-point win over Jay County.
“We didn’t execute. We weren’t consistent. We were lackadaisical. We weren’t doing the things that I wanted to see done,” Mosser said. “I felt like (Friday) things clicked for us.”
Adams Central got all of its scoring done in the first half, thanks to junior Trevor Currie, who treated himself to a four-touchdown night on his birthday. Currie scored off two blocked punts and brought in two touchdowns catches.
The first Currie score came right after he knocked down a Kobe Meyer pass on third down, forcing a punt. The Flying Jets bull rushed the Patriot punter and blocked the kick. Currie scooped it up and scored easily 81 seconds into the game.
After another quick three-and-out by Heritage, Adams Central quarterback Ryan Black found Currie streaking down the middle on the first play for a 57-yard touchdown to put their team up 13-0 less than four minutes off the clock.
Black made it a three-score game with a 1-yard sneak to finish the first quarter, then after Cam Smith picked off Meyer, Gavin Cook found a lot of green around the left side for a 35-yard score. The next Patriot possession ended quickly and Cameron Fravel blocked the ensuing punt. Currie was in the right spot once again and picked it up and ran it in for another score.
“It was just fate I guess,” Currie said. “My buddy Cam Fravel blocked that second one into the air and I was right under it, able to catch it and run it in for the touchdown.”
Heritage finally found something that worked on offense on its next drive and marched down for their lone touchdown of the game on a nice pitch and catch from Meyer to Ibrahim Williams.
But the Jets answered by going 62 yards in just over a minute and finishing the drive on a 13-yard score from Black to Currie on 4th and 10 with 10 seconds left in the half.
The score pushed the lead to 35, which meant the running clock would start as soon as the second half kicked off. The Jets chewed up the clock in the second half and the Patriots only had possession once in the final 24 minutes.
Keegan Bluhm led the Flying Jets with 15 carries for 80 yards, Cook had 75 yards on six rushes, and Black finished with 56 yards yards on seven attempts.
Meyer had a total of 158 yards for the Patriots. He was 18-for-37 through the air with a touchdown.
Adams Central has won three ACAC titles in the last five years. During last year’s title run, it outscored conference opponents by 54.8 points, allowed just two opposing touchdowns and had four shutouts. The Jets will need to pick up the pace to match those numbers. Heritage was thought to be Adam Central’s biggest threat for the conference after the Patriots took down South Adams last week. But all signs point to another conference title being celebrated in Monroe.
“We just wanted to come out and prove that we’re the best team in the conference,” Currie said. “We just want to win it all this year.”