Adams Central gets rematch against Pierce in Class C-1 title game

Adams Central travels to Pierce for Class C-1 state championship
Published: Nov. 19, 2020 at 10:08 PM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Adams Central football has been one of the best programs in the state, making it to the state semifinals four times since 2011. The only knock against them was they could not get past that point, until last Friday night.

The Patriots beat fourth-seed Kearney Catholic to secure its place in the Class C-1 title game. It was Adams Central’s first semifinal win since finishing runner-up in 1993.

Not many people expected the Patriots to get to this point given the talent they lost from last year’s senior class. Now that they’re “over the hump,” the Patriots have their eyes set on their first state football title in school history.

“We have a very proud tradition here and to get to the pinnacle I guess you would say, to be able to represent our school and our community in a championship game, I’m just very proud,” Adams Central football coach Shawn Mulligan said.

“It’s been such a long journey especially with all my brothers over there,” Adams Central wide receiver/defensive back Tyler Slechta said. “It means a ton to us because a lot of people have counted us out and we’ve been able to persevere through. The best part is we did it as a team. We did it together. And that just means a ton for us and it’s just awesome.”

The Patriots get another shot at Pierce after the Bluejays eliminated them on Patriot Field in the semifinals a year ago.

“Definitely we want to get some revenge,” Slechta said. “We understand we have the upmost respect for them because they showed last year they were just the better team. So we have tons of respect for them. We understand that going in. We understand that we’re going to have to bring our A-game because they’re a really good team and we’re going to have to play a really great game.”

“Just leave everything out on the field,” Adams Central wide receiver/linebacker Slade Smith said. “Play with heart. Whatever happens, happens. As long as we give our best effort.”

Adams Central travels to face Pierce Friday, Nov. 20. Kick-off is at 5:30 p.m.

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