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MTZ football improves to 3-0 with victory over Salem

Makobi Adams rushes in the touchdown with the help of a Brayden Trimble block in a 48-6 win against Salem.

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Since he became the starting author three years ago, Makobi Adams and the Braves haven’t started the season 3-0. Adams combined for 438 total yards, 381 passing yards, 57 rushing yards, five passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown in a 48-6 win over Salem.

“It feels really great,” Adams said. To start a season like this, my first 3-0 start as starting quarterback, but it feels really great, to come out and beat three solid teams, great team wins, playing great on offense, playing great defensively, not even allowing 10 points in this game. Just a great atmosphere everywhere.”

The Braves received the first possession and got the ball to the 11-yard line and faced a fourth down. Adams on 4th and 7 rushed 10-yards and got the Braves a first down and finished off the drive on the keeper rushing the ball to the right-sideline for a one-yard touchdown. Gabe Shumaker nailed the extra point to give the Braves a 7-0 lead.

The Braves’ defense started off early when Chase Fink on his first defensive snap sacked Samuel Green. The defense forced the Wildcats to punt.

The Braves’ offense moved the ball to the Wildcats’ 40-yard line and looked to have scored. Adams threw a 40-yard pass to Brayden Trimble who got into the end zone, but the play was called back on a block in the back penalty. Adams on the repeat down, found Karson Bollhorst who leaped for the catch and finished off the 40-yard touchdown play and Shumaker nailed the extra point to give the Braves a 14-0 lead.

“I think that’s what makes us so versatile is that we have players who can be very scary with the ball in their hands,” Adams said. “We have three good running backs who we know can make plays. We’ve got four receivers that can make a play no matter who has a ball on their hands, no matter what, down the distance we can make something happen.”

The Wildcats scored their only points of the game on the next kickoff when Miking Ettress ran back an 86-yard kickoff return touchdown. The extra point attempt was no good as the Braves lead was narrowed to 14-6.

The Braves on the kickoff got into the 41 on a 10-yard return from Jc Anderson. Adams then threw a 20-yard completion to Jacob Harvey, a 12-yard pass to Grant McAtee and then a 15-yard pass to Anderson that limited the Braves on the 12-yard line.

Adams then stepped back and fired a pass to a wide-open Harvey who ran in the 12-yard touchdown pass to give the Braves a 21-6 lead.

The Braves’ defense continued to swarm the Wildcats’ offense with Fink and McAtee each getting interceptions. The Braves offense saw three more receiving touchdowns, two from Brayden Trimble and one from Jc Anderson and a rushing touchdown from Bryson Richardson that ended up with a 48-6 Braves win.

“We started off kind of slow,” Head coach Patrick Etherton said. We just had a big big game last week, coming off that and we played real well against a big physical opponent and our kids are still a little banged up. They were big and physical last week, but we started a little slow. We scored and then our kids kind of just kind of took a kickoff off and really just kind of, you know, just gave up one big play. But, I thought defensively we had a goal line stand that was huge and then offensively, in the first half we threw it around and were able to make plays and we had way too many penalties, which we got corrected at halftime.”

The Braves improved to 3-0 on the season. Next week the Braves will travel to Taylorville to take on Taylorville in their first Apollo Conference game of the season.

“We have five straight conference games and honestly we have big goals this year,” Adams said. We want the conference championship. We have to really be focused in practice. It’s nice to win these three games, but none of that really matters towards our goal of winning the conference title. So right now that’s what we’re focused on.”

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