Austin Adams drops back as Travis Rawls (6) picks up a rushing blocker during last week's spring game against Horseshoe Bend.
Austin Adams drops back as Travis Rawls (6) picks up a rushing blocker during last week's spring game against Horseshoe Bend.

Adams leans on new knee, leads Elmore County

Published 4:00pm Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Austin Adams got his money’s worth in his first game back after a season-ending knee injury sidelined him midway through the 2012 season.

“He looked good,” said Norman Dean, coach of the Panthers.

Adams, who will be a senior this fall, made his mark on Friday’s scrimmage by rushing for one touchdown and throwing for a heap more.

Adams picked up a bad snap and turned it into a 50-plus-yard score. He also completed touchdown passes to Jalen Mitchell (two), Eddie Cooper (on a screen), Kel Floyd and Travis Rawls (on a checkdown).

Floyd also scored on a Jet Sweep around the end. Javon Moore ended the night with three receptions.

“For two weeks worth of practice, I think we looked pretty good,” said Dean. “There’s still a lot of stuff we’ve got to work on, but it’s an improvement over where we started.”

While Adams marched the Panthers offense up and down the field, their defense stymied the homestanding Horseshoe Bend Generals’ advances.

“Defensively, we had a lot of guys make plays,” said Dean. “Aaron Smith did well playing center and nose for us. Zay Head (OLB) is another one, he had a good night defensively.”

The scrimmage was controlled with offensive series that were run starting inside the other teams’ territory at the 40, 20 and inside the 10.

“I told them, we didn’t want this to be the highlight of the season,” said Dean.

“This is the first step. We’ve cracked the door open. The question is now, do they bust it open with a great summer or do we coast? This is a good group of guys and hopefully this is a start to a good year.”

The Panthers, who adopted for the triple-option to fit the personnel a year ago, returned to the spread as a way to utilize the offense’s more athletic 11.

“Defensively, it’s going to be organized chaos,” said Dean.

“We are bringing somebody from anywhere on the field. Horseshoe Bend gained four or five yards on their plays, but we got after it pretty good and we’ve got to build on that.”

The Panthers will return to the weight room next week and will attend camps locally this summer.

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