Adkins rushed for 366 yards and six touchdowns on 31 carries to lead the Wolfpack to a 41-20 Mountain 7 District win over Wise Central at Warrior Stadium.
Only three games into the season, Adkins has surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing mark. The junior tailback has 1,018 rushing yards with 17 touchdowns so far this season.
“We work on a lot of other offense, but when we really need something we go to Trenton,” said Ridgeview coach Rick Mullins. “Every team knows that and that’s probably the way it’s going to be for a while. You have a horse you ride him.”
Adkins’ workhorse mentality was strong in Friday’s game against a determined Central squad.
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After the Warriors (2-1, 0-1) opened up the second half with an 80-yard scoring drive – highlighted by a 76-yard pass play from quarterback Ethan Mullins to Ben Brickey and a 5-yard touchdown run by C.J. Crabtree – and cut Ridgeview’s lead to 20-12, Adkins carried the ball nine times in a 10-play, 65-yard drive to give the Wolfpack a 27-12 advantage.
Adkins tacked on another touchdown run, a 34-yard score, in the third quarter to put the Pack up 34-12.
Already an NCAA Division I prospect as a junior, Adkins said he likes carrying the ball a lot, although he admits it can be tiring.
It was another night of a strong, experienced line working in front of Adkins to create some running lanes.
“The linemen really blocked good for me tonight,” said Adkins.
Coach Mullins agreed about the Wolfpack’s offensive line.
“There’s sometimes when he makes those runs, that we’ve got some gigantic holes, but there’s other times there’s just a sliver there and he gets through it. I think anytime you rush for 300 yards, you’ve got somebody blocking up front and those big guys usually do a pretty good job,” said Mullins.
Despite the big yards from Adkins, his coach said the Wolfpack still has some things to work on to get better.
“We came over to get a W. And, we got a W and that’s success, but we’ve got a lot of work to do,” said Rick Mullins. “Central did some things to us that made us look silly a few times defensively and we’ve got to get better at that or it’s going to catch us.”
Central’s Ethan Mullins completed 6 of 12 passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns to direct the Warriors’ offense, while Crabtree finished with 118 yards on 18 carries with a touchdown.
The offensive production by Central came without the services of speedster Maddox Reynolds, who suffered a knee injury less than three minutes into the game.
The solid night by the Warriors was just not enough to overcome the all-star performance of Adkins.
“He is what we thought he was. He’s an awful good football player,” said Central coach Luke Owens. “But I’ll tell you this, I’m proud of my kids. For a bunch of young kids, for a bunch of undersized kids. You know they get up by three touchdowns at the end of the game and we go right back down the field and score.
“We’re getting ready to get over this hump,” said Owens. “They are what we thought they were. They’re a good football team and they’re going to win a bunch of football games, but I think we’re going to win a bunch of football games too.”
Both teams are back in action Friday when Wise Central hosts Virginia High, and Ridgeview faces Mountain 7 District foe Gate City at Ridgeview.