MONROE, Ind. (WANE) – With 1:27 left on the clock, the Adams Central football team setup at the line of scrimmage, trailing Bellmont by seven points. Andrew Hammond dropped back and fired a 27 yard touchdown pass to Stephen Eicher. Rather than tie the game with a PAT, Head Coach Michael Mosser told his team to go for two. Hunter Bates embraced the challenge, and ran it in for the successful two point conversion that led the Flying Jets to a 21-20 win over the Braves.
In addition to being a thrilling finish to the first game of the season, the win marked the first time ever that Adams Central has defeated Bellmont in football.
The Adams Central-Bellmont rivalry has an interesting past. Located eight miles from one another, the two natural rivals played each other from 1971-1979, but stopped once Bellmont grew to a 3A school. After a 35 year hiatus, Bellmont Head Coach Larry Getts, and Mosser decided to renew the rivalry. The Braves got the better of Adams Central, winning the first game between the two teams in nearly four decades 45-13. Bellmont then went on to finish the season in the sectional semi-final with a 6-5 record.
Defeating the Braves has long been a goal of the Flying Jets. To take down such a tough rival in a close game gives this team confidence going into the rest of their year.
“This team has been super pumped all season long,”” says Bates. “We really think we can win this conference and win every game just by working hard every week. We are going to be ready to go when it comes time for the tournament.”
Adams Central’s Week 2 opponent is Eastside, with the Flying Jets traveling to Butler on Friday to take on the Blazers.