Adkins, Wolfpack run wild over Warriors

Trenton Adkins shown here carrying the ball against Chilhowie in a benefit game in August, had another outstandong game for the Wolfpack on Friday night. PHOTO CREDIT – SWVA PHOTOGRAPHY

The much hyped Mountain 7 District showdown between Ridgeview and Wise Central turned into another scintillating episode of the Trenton Adkins show.

Adkins scored all six of the Wolfpack’s touchdowns on Friday night and racked up another 366 yards on the ground in the process.  Through three contests, the junior has already broke the 1,000 yard mark for the season.

The Wolfpack won the district showdown in convincing fashion by a final tally of 41-20.

The night did not start off well for Adkins.  On the second play from scrimmage, a pitch from quarterback Nick Phillips was mishandled by Adkins and recovered by the Warriors.  However, the Wise Central offense was unable to capitalize.

Adkins would score his first of the night from two yards out after a sustained drive by the Wolfpack offense.  With 5:18 left in the first quarter, the Wolfpack led the Warriors 6-0.  The Warriors would suffer a huge blow on the ensuing possession as tailback Maddox Reynolds went down with an apparent knee injury.

For the next 12 minutes of gameplay, neither offense was able to gain much traction.  Finally, with 4:53 left on the clock in the first half, Adkins would strike again scoring from five yards out.  The touchdown was made possible by a beautiful throw from Phillips to tight end Joe Yates on a fourth and long during the drive.  After a punt by the Warriors found the endzone, it did not take long for Adkins to make his presence felt once again.  On the first play after the punt, Adkins raced off right tackle, and galloped down the sideline for 80 yards.  His third score of the evening made the tally 20-0 in favor of the Wolfpack with 2:10 left in the half.

The offense for Wise Central would come alive on the ensuing possession.  The Warriors were able to find holes in the Wolfpack secondary and with time running out in the half, quarterback Ethan Mullins found Ben Brickey on a 30 yard strike down the home sideline.  As the clock ran out on the first half, the Wolfpack led the Warriors 20-6.

With the Warriors receiving the opening possession of the second half, it would take less than two minutes for Central to find paydirt once again.  C. J. Crabtree scored from six yards out to make it a one possession contest at 20-12.  Adkins would not be denied on this night, however.  His fourth touchdown of the night came from six yards out.  The fifth score of the night was Madden-esque.  Utilizing nifty juke moves and sidestepping several Central defenders, Adkins scored from 34 yards.  At the end of three quarters, the Wolfpack were in command 34-12.

The pesky Warriors would not go down without a fight.  With 8:13 remaining, Mullins found Brickey for their second score of the night.  Adkins would once again have the answer and the final statement scoring his sixth of the night from 25 yards away making the final tally 41-20 in favor of the Pack.

The Warriors were led on offense by quarterback Ethan Mullins who completed six of 12 passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns.  C. J. Crabtree led the ground attack for Central with 118 yards on 18 carries with one score.

Next up for the Warriors is a home contest against the Virginia High Bearcats this Friday at Tommy McAmis Field.  The Wolfpack host the much improved Gate City Blue Devils on the Ridge in a critical Mountain 7 District showdown.


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