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October 26, 2011

Adams Buick GMC Madison County All-Stars win first game

RICHMOND — The newly formed Adams Buick GMC Madison County All-Stars began their season with a victory Sunday in Montgomery County over a much larger and older team.

The All-Stars took a six-point lead on an Antwaun Warford touchdown in the first quarter and held on for a thrilling 27-21 victory over the Montgomery County Tribe. The game culminated in a goalline stand that ended at the 2-yard line when the All-Stars stopped a Montgomery County fullback for no gain as time expired.

The All-Stars held only two practices before taking on their first opponent. Also, their defensive coordinator was forced to miss the game due to an out-of-state work commitment, and had to be replaced by, Jerry Purvis, a former player for Centre College.

“I haven’t had this much fun since I was in college,” Purvis said after the game.

Warford, the All-Stars’ offensive MVP, blazed for three long touchdown runs and scored another on a kickoff return on a reverse keyed by a fake by Ethan Hahn.

Hahn scored on a pair of two-point conversions — one running and the other on a reception. The team was led by quarterback Jacob Jakubec, who, after limited practice reps, ran the All-Stars’ offense with great poise.

“Ethan and Jacob were both outstanding and Antwaun is a special athlete. His vision and skills are uncommon for a player his age,” All-Stars coach Wesley Browne said. “I’ve been calling him Weapon X, like in comic books. He can do some things most other kids can’t. As a coach, he makes you look smarter than you are.”

As well as the All-Stars offense played, the defensive effort was the key to the win. Zade Hawkins was named the All-Stars defensive MVP by the opposing coaches for his dominating effort, but there were many strong players for the All-Stars who contributed to stop after stop.

When pressed for names, the coaching staff pointed to the efforts of Hawkins, Jakubec, Hahn, Russell Linemeier, Allen Elliott, Jordan Akihary, Bryce Travis, Zach Purvis and Deion Cox as keys to the win.

“They were all great,” Browne said. “We had seven or eight kids on a lot of the tackles, and we needed them. Our kids were stripping balls every chance they got. We gave up a lot of size and age to that team, but we didn’t give up any heart. We’re so proud of those boys.”

The Madison County Youth Football league named the Adams Buick GMC Madison County All-Stars for the first time this year. Eighteen players from the league’s four teams were chosen. League president Stephen Johnson was on hand for the All-Stars win and served as sideline coach.

“It was nice to see how our guys work representing the Madison County Youth Football League. I thought they represented the league very well,” Johnson said. “I’m looking forward to more practice for the team and watching them play some more.”

The other players who played in the game for the All-Stars were: Zeke Benton, Ethan Collins, Cooper Eads, Chad Fugate, Jordan Hatcher, Alex Knuckles, Cameron Travis and Bobby Vaquez.

The All-Stars will not play again until a tournament in mid-November. They will wrap up their season at a second tournament they will play host to in Richmond on Nov. 19.

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