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Undefeated Wise Central, Ridgeview set to square off

Kevin Mays • Sep 13, 2019 at 10:30 AM

Ridgeview junior running back Trenton Adkins is on target to break several records this season, including the VHSL state mark for most rushing yards in a single season.

Through two games this year, Adkins has a total of 652 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns.

The NCAA Division I prospect opened the season with 357 yards and five touchdowns in Ridgeview’s 40-13 win over J.I. Burton two weeks ago.

Last week, Adkins racked up 295 yards and six touchdowns while seeing limited action in the second half in a 63-32 win over Shelby Valley, Kentucky.

The state record for most yards rushing in a single season is 3,603 set by Elijah Paris of Lynchburg’s Heritage High School in 2017.

Former Powell Valley High School, UVa and NFL star Thomas Jones is second in that category with 3,319 yards in 1994.

The VHSL mark for most touchdowns in a single season is also held by Paris with 59.

Heading into his third game this year, breaking both the rushing yardage and touchdown single season records are real possibilities for Adkins.

Adkins and the 2-0 Wolfpack travel to Wise Central’s Tommy McAmis Field on Friday to face the 2-0 Warriors in the first Mountain 7 District game of the year for both squads.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Adkins will be a point of focus for Ridgeview’s offense and Central’s defense.

That’s obviously no surprise for Central coach Luke Owens.

“They’re awful good offensively and defensively,” Owens said of the Wolfpack. “We’re going to have to try to find ways to slow down the Adkins kid because he’s made big play after big play after big play. And (Alijah) Sproles there in the middle of that defense is awful tough.”

Controlling the ball on offense is one key to keeping the ball away from Adkins and the Ridgeview offense.

“We’ve got to figure out something to get first downs and move the football and keep the football away from them because you’re not going to stop (Adkins). Hopefully, we can slow him down enough.”

Owens’ Warriors are far from being deprived at the running back position.

“We’ve got a bunch of backs, and we continuously rotate backs in and our kids can run a little bit,” the Central coach said.

Central has put up 111 points in two games, including scoring a school-record 60 points last week in a 60-21 win over Lebanon, on the strength of its running game.

C.J. Crabtree leads the squad with 259 yards and five touchdowns this season. Maddox Reynolds, Matthew Boggs, Matt Peters and Noah Bolling also add strength to the Warriors’ “run-by-committee” approach.

Ben Brickey and Tyson Tester also add offensive weapons on the receiving end of quarterback Ethan Mullins’ passes.

Mullins completed 6 of 8 passes for 126 yards and a touchdown last week against Lebanon.

OTHER GAMES

Several other games are on the slate for Friday around Southwest Virginia.

Sullivan South is at Gate City in a key interstate contest for both teams. J.I. Burton travels to Lee High with both teams in search of their first win. Union is at Letcher County Central, Kentucky. Rye Cove has an early-season homecoming game against Hancock County. Twin Springs is at North Greene. Thomas Walker is at Castlewood in a Cumberland District contest. Pulaski County is at Abingdon, and Holston travels to John Battle in a Washington County rivalry.

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