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AOW: Gabe Conant of Adams Central Football

Conant working on speed drills at practice. 

Adams Central sophomore Gabe Conant set season bests for rushing yards and touchdowns in front of his home crowd Friday night.

For the Adams Central Patriots another battle was won, thanks to an attack with the run game led by Sophomore Gabe Conant.

"We're running mostly inside and outside runs," Conant said. "But nothing really out of the blue, our line did really good blocking and opened up a lot of the holes so the run game really ended up well for us." Conant continued.

Conant found the endzone three different times Friday night, setting a new single game record racking up 262 yards. Playing perhaps the biggest part in the Patriots victory over Minden.

"It's good to know that we have that much offense that we can produce," Conant stated. "But I was happy I could get the job done, again it goes back to our offense line because none of it could have happened without them."

Number 24 prepared all week to face the Whippets defense. Wasting no time Conant racked up all three of his touchdowns in the first half.

"We really wanted to get on them early," Conant said. "After the first drive we kind of got more momentum going into the game," Conant continued. "That kind of carried in to the second half to."

"It seemed like Gabe was six yards down field before anyone in purple was on him," head caoch Shawn Mulliagn said. "You can't rush for over 260 yards with six yards a carry, so he made people miss after that," Mulligan continued. "I know a couple of his longer runs he had two or three people from Minden that missed him in some capacity."

One of nine underclassmen starting on varsity, Conant leads a young Patriots team with a run game competeing like a veteran.

"He sees the holes and it doesn't have to be a big hole, he's not a big kid and he's not super fast," Mulliagn said. "I would say that he's shifty compared to a lot of running backs, but just his ability to find the holes has been part of the reason we've had a lot of success running the ball this year to."

"Realizing how we're moving really good as a squad and we're getting good blocks outside with our wide receivers," Conant said. "So I kind of found a lot of open area which I was kind of surprised by because it's the most I've had all season."

Conant and the Patriots face Ord at home this Friday at 7:00 PM.

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