Balanced offense shows big potential for Adams Central

The Adams Central linemen get in stance during an Aug. 6, 2018 practice. (KHGI)

Once a young team, Adams Central comes into this season with a bellyful of experience and talented upperclassmen poised to make a big impact.

With solid options to move the football, the Patriots show the most potential in the run game, returning virtually their entire backfield and a promising offensive line.

"I would definitely like to run the ball more than pass it. It's a little bit easier for me to call plays when you know the offensive line can dominate the line of scrimmage," head coach Shawn Mulligan said.

Leading the way is junior Gabe Conant, who saw a major take off as a sophomore, averaging 6.1 per touch on the way to 1,052 yards and six scores.

If opposing defenses think they can stuff eight in the box to shut down Conant and company, they're in for a rude awakening.

"The good thing about having a quarterback with the group of receivers we have is if for some reason the run game isn't going the way it needs to be, we do have the ability to throw the ball," says Mulligan, entering his fifth season leading the program.

Under center, the Patriots return with junior Evan Johnson who threw every pass for the Pats last year, connecting for 1,589 yards and 17 touchdowns. Balance is the name of the game for the 2018 version of Adams Central.

"We'll be able to do the run and pass both strongly this year because we're pretty evenly matched between those two," said Conant. "Almost all our linemen are returning, so that will be a strong part in our offense."

Adams Central opens up the season on the road against Aurora, who dropped down to C1 this year, Aug. 24.

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