FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – With former powerhouses, Leo and Huntington North now in the Northeast 8, teams in the ACAC hit the gridiron Friday looking to gain an early edge in the wide open conference.
Adams Central took home Adams County bragging rights with a dramatic 21-20 win over Bellmont. With 1:27 left on the clock and the Braves up 20-13, Andrew Hammond hit Stephen Eicher for a 27 yard touchdown. Rather than tie the game, Adams Central’s Hunter Bates successfully ran in a two point conversion to seal the win. Adams Central will play Eastside next week while Bellmont heads to South Adams.
Heritage had a rough start to their year, being shutout by New Haven 42-0. They allowed 28 first half points. The Patriots will look to bounce back taking on Norwell next week.
Eastside fell to Woodlan, 29-12. Both teams were 8-4 in 2014. Woodlan’s Jack Rhoades busted out a 30-yard touchdown run, which put Woodlan up 13-0. Eastside answered right back. The Blazers had just kept the drive alive with a fourth-down conversion that was followed by a Conner Dove pass to Landen Brow to bring the Blazers back within seven, making it a 13-6 ballgame. However, the Warriors would strike once more. This one coming with just over 11 seconds left before halftime. Woodlan’s Justin Durkes threw up a Hail Mary pass that miraculously found the hands of Trevon McCarter. The 59-yard completion put Woodlan up 19-6 at halftime. The Warriors put 10 more points on the board to secure the victory. Woodlan will host Prairie Heights next week, while Eastside hosts Adams Central.
Elsewhere in the ACAC, South Adams fell to Winchester 42-7, Jay County was blanked by Delta 63-0, Southern Wells defeated Southwood 26-6, and Bluffton fell to Northfield 34-18.