The long-awaited season opener between the Russell County Lakers and the Adair County Indians was held this past Friday, and the Indians came to play!
Adair County was able to put up a shutout, winning 40-0. Sophomore running back Ryder Rodgers put on a show, having three touchdowns in his debut as starting running back. He gives Adair County fans a lot to look forward to not just this year, but in years to come as well.
In the contest, junior wide receiver Soloman Stonebreaker was also able to rack up some impressive stats, having six receptions for 88 yards and a touchdown despite being double teamed by Russell County’s defense nearly the entire game. Fans also got a chance to see junior Lane Grant’s debut at quarterback, and he definitely did not disappoint. It’s safe to say that the lack of experience Grant has at quarterback did not hinder him from playing a great game as he had 140 yards passing going 8/12 and, one passing touchdown. Although his passing stats were great, his rushing stats were also amazing, with him having 12 carries for 80 yards and a rushing touchdown. He looked right at home at his new position, and Indian fans should be very excited to watch him the rest of the year.
On the defensive side of the ball, senior cornerback Jakeb Lacy was yet again the stand-out player, having an interception within the first few minutes of the game and playing lockdown defensive on all of the Lakers’ receivers.
Other notable defensive players include Travez Taylor for his excellent pass defense, and Blake White for the way he helps in stopping the run.
The Indians will face a heavy challenge this week as they go up against Bethlehem.
Bethlehem is coming off a blowout win against 6A Marshall County. Bethlehem’s star running back Martavious Smith will be the player to look out for, as he is without a doubt their biggest weapon.
This will also be the season debut of Adair County’s running back Dakota Morris. Morris had a big scrimmage before the season started, but was not able to play in the game against Russell County due to illness.
This will be a game Indian fans will want to see. The game starts at 4:30 (CDT) in Marion County on Saturday. The game is a part of the Kentucky Cooperage Bowl.
Tickets should be bought online before you enter the gates.
By Trenton Page
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