South Bend, Ind. While the majority of Indiana schools opened up sectional play last Friday night, Adams was among the exceptions. The Eagles had a bye.
Now Adams faces a Mishawaka team that did play last week, defeating LaPorte in the opening round.
The Cavemen and Eagles clash is our Martin's Spotlight Game of the Week in the 5A Sectional Semifinals Friday night at 7pm at Steele Stadium.
But who has the advantage, the team that played or the team that did not?
“No it’s really impossible to tell,” says Adams Football Coach Craig Redman. “They’re keeping the momentum going playing each week. We had the opportunity to heal up. We were a little banged up but we will see what comes Friday night. These are high school football players and we will see what we can bring to the table on Friday night. Mishawaka brings a very explosive offense, a good paced offense, and a solid defense. “
“We’re not thinking that this is our last game,” says Adams Senior Captain Jesse Stires. “I mean we’re always thinking we’re going to win, that this season isn’t done. That as seniors we’re going to step up and get these guys believing that we’re going to win the game and move on to the next round.”
Mishawaka won the regular season meeting 28-14 but the Cavemen know all their success runs through their ability to contain Adams star running back Shaq Vann.
“I don’t know if anybody has stopped him,” explains Mishawaka coach Bart Curtis. “He is a great back. He is as fine of a running back as I have seen in a long time. He runs with good leverage. He can take it inside he’ll take outside. I don’t know if saying stop is a great term to use. Being aware of where he is--is really key.”
WNDU will be live from Mishawaka High School Friday night to preview the game. Angelo Di Carlo chats with Adams coach Craig Redman and running back Shaq Vann at 5:45pm. Then at 6:20, Mishawaka coach Bart Curtis and defensive leader Cameron Thomas join Ang to talk about the big matchup.