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PREP FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Adams Central honors longtime coach

Rick Minnich, who coached Adams Central from 1977 to 2008, was honored with the football field at the school being named after him on Friday night. (News-Sentinel file photo)
Rick Minnich, who coached Adams Central from 1977 to 2008, was honored with the football field at the school being named after him on Friday night. (News-Sentinel file photo)
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Minnich had been part of Flying Jet football for nearly four decades

Monday, September 04, 2017 10:45 am

There was plenty of excitement between Adams Central and Lapel in their double-overtime football game Friday in Monroe. 

The game itself provided quite the home opener, but that excitement was added to, as the field was named after legendary Flying Jets coach Rick Minnich.

“When you think of Adams Central, you think of Rick Minnich,” current Adams Central coach Michael Mosser told The News-Sentinel. “He just embodied what it means to be a man of service, to not only the football team, but to the community.”

Minnich was involved with Adams Central football for more than 35 years and compiled a 236-136 coaching record, which currently puts him 31st on the Indiana high school football coaches win list.

Mosser played for, and later coached with, Minnich, as an assistant. The honor was significant to the current coach.

“I think it just means an awful lot and is a great honor for him,” Mosser said. “I know he is very humbled by it.”

Following the ceremony, the Flying Jets (1-2) nearly pulled out the dramatic win before falling 34-33.

Lapel limited Adams Central running back Drew Schultz to just 22 yards rushing, but quarterback Parker Bates was able to keep the Flying Jets in the game with 168 yards passing and three touchdowns.

“I'm worn out still,” Mosser said. “I think everybody is worn out, because we worked so hard to win that game. We made that decision to go for two and ran a little pass play that we thought we could get to Logan Macklin in the flat and get him the ball. But it was just inches, just inches, from him catching that ball and we win that game. But it didn't go that way.”

Backup QB's pass to starting QB propels Eagles

After starting 0-3 last season, Columbia City (2-1, 1-0 Northeast 8) has started strong this year after a come-from-behind win Friday against Bellmont.

The victory came after being down 13-0 entering the fourth quarter, but Eagles coach Brett Fox said once his team scored and missed an extra point to fall behind 13-6, he told the team on the sideline they would score again and go for the win with a 2-point conversion.

“We practice several different 2-point plays every single day,” Fox explained, “It's something the guys are used to in the situations and have confidence in running those.”

The play worked as backup quarterback Max Bedwell hit starting quarterback Jacob Bolt in the end zone for the win.

“I said at the 10-minute mark that's our plan to go for the win,” Fox said. “I told them we're going to go for two and run this play and Max did a great job of finding Jacob Bolt in the end zone. It's not often you have a backup quarterback throwing to a starting quarterback to win on a 2-point play.”

Bolt was on the receiving end of the game-winning play, but his play behind center has helped the Eagles get off to the strong start.

He ran for 63 yards and threw for another 88 yards in Friday's game, after rushing for 104 and throwing for 123 yards the week before against Whitko.

“Jacob has had some good games,” Fox said. “He had a rough first game passing wise, but last two have been good games. We've been putting a lot of pressure on him to make decisions within the offense, whether he pass reads or option, and what's nice is if something breaks down he's athletic enough to make a play for us.”

McCormick sets passing record for East Noble

The football record book continues to get re-written at East Noble behind quarterback Andrew McCormick.

With 154 yards passing in the Knights' win Friday, he set the career passing record for the school, as he went beyond 5,000 yards.

“He's an awesome young man and he's obviously talented and has a lot of gifts athletically,” East Noble coach Luke Amstutz said. “He's also grown into one of the greatest leaders and teammates that I've ever coached, which is probably more meaningful to me than anything else.”

McCormick needed only a little more than 50 yards to set the record heading into the game. This allowed the Knights to honor the moment, even if McCormick didn't know he was about to pass the record himself.

“He's obviously proud of his record,” Amstutz said, “but at the same time, on Thursday before the game, he had no idea he was close to passing it or not nor did he even know if he already had that record, He really never thought about it and we decided to make a big deal about it because he earned and deserved it, but never because he thought about it. He just likes to play football and likes to win and does a great job of that.”

Quick hits

Bishop Luers 47-3 loss to Homestead was its largest defeat since losing to Bishop Dwenger by 62 in 2009…Woodlan's 67-0 win against Heritage ties for its largest in school history and ties for he second-most points scored in a single game in school history. It is also the most points Heritage has given up in a game in its school history…Jack Rhoads averaged 24 yards per carry for Woodlan, as he ran for 289 yards on 12 carries…Eastside was outgained by West Noble by 169 yards yet still managed to win 9-8.

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