Adrian rallies to top Osceola
By Cole Young PrepsKC staff writer
Throughout the second half of the regular season, Adrian has found itself turning into a second half football team.
So when the Blackhawks trailed 22-15 early in the third quarter there was no panic on their side. Instead the squad had a certain level of confidence given its recent performances. It showed as Adrian scored 20-straight points to win 35-29 in its Missouri Class 1 opener.
“This group has started to show it has a lot of heart,” head coach George Bruto said. “It’s something that had kind of been missing for a while. With all the teams as even as they are right now, have that little extra bit of toughness is what helps separate you.”
On the blustery Thursday night, it was also the Blackhawks running game which helped separate them from the Indians. Senior Joe Collins rushed for three touchdowns and sophomore Austin Corley ran for a pair of second half touchdowns for Adrian.
The Blackhawks used the balanced running attack to rush for 267 yards.
“All season we’ve typically had two different guys that have stepped up and ran the ball well for us each game out of our three backs. Tonight it was Joe and Austin.”
After the two teams entered halftime tied 15-15, Adrian turned the ball over which Osceola quickly capitalized on with a 46-yard score from Josh Keene.
From there however, Adrian recaptured the momentum and held a two-possession lead until the Indians tacked a touchdown on in the final seconds of the game.
The victory for Adrian also allowed it to experience a bit of relief. It was the first victory over the Indians since 2009.
“It was just a great win for us,” Bruto said. “Coach (Paul) Carney does a great job down there. His whole staff does a heck of a job.”
In the two teams regular season matchup Osceola rolled to a 20-0 win. They jumped out to an early lead on Thursday as well, but Collins guaranteed there would be no shutout when he scored on a 53-yard run on Adrian’s first possession.
Adrian, 7-3, will go on the road for the second round of district play, taking on top seeded Skyline, who defeated Rich Hill 53-8 on Thursday.
With 7 out of the 8 teams in the Class 1 district made up of Western Missouri Conference schools, Adrian will take on the one outlier on Wednesday night. It’s also the first matchup in the two schools history between each other.
That’s something that sits fine with Bruto.
“I like playing schools we don’t typically get to take on,” he said. “I think one thing it does is it helps you your kids focus a little bit more because they are seeing someone different. A lot of the teams in our conference we see all the time. Teams like Drexel and Midway, we know what they do and they know what we do.”
On the other half of the Missouri Class 1 District 3, second-seeded Drexel hosts Appleton City and third-seeded Midway hosts Archie on Friday night.
The winners of those two matchups face off on Wednesday.
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