Adams kicks game-winner in East/West All-Star tilt

By on May 4, 2016
Manheim Central’s Derek Adams split the uprights on a 34-yard field goal as time expired to lift the East squad to a 20-19 win over the West in last Sunday’s PSFCA All-Star Game in Pittsburgh.

Manheim Central’s Derek Adams split the uprights on a 34-yard field goal as time expired to lift the East squad to a 20-19 win over the West in last Sunday’s PSFCA All-Star Game in Pittsburgh.

Manheim Central’s Derek Adams felt like Rudy Ruettiger last Sunday.

Much like Rudy was hoisted onto his teammates shoulders after defying the odds to play at Notre Dame, the Barons’ senior kicker was given the same treatment at Cupples Stadium in Pittsburgh.

It all happened when the Baron senior kicker booted a 34-yard field goal as time expired, giving his East squad a 20-19 victory over the West in the Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association’s All-Star Game.

“It felt great. No better feeling than that,” said Adams, a Kent State University recruit. “Right when I made it, I just felt this huge mob on me. They picked me up like Rudy and stuff, so it was great.”

Adams’ last-second field goal capped a wild fourth quarter in the PSFCA’s 14th annual game. The two teams combined to score 16 points in the final 48 seconds of the game, and the East’s victory gave them a 10-4 all-time advantage.

“It was actually really crazy,” Adams said.

With :48.1 left to play, Susquehanna Township QB Ben Moser found Parkland’s Kenny Yeboah on a 5-yard TD pass, putting the East up 17-13.

That was just the start of the excitement, though, as the West answered for a 33-yard TD pass from Penn Trafford’s Brett Laffoon to Jaymond Dunn of Woodland Hills, making the score 19-17 with just :14.9 remaining.

Adams and the East squad had the last laugh, however. Despite having just three practices to prep for the game, the special teams unit swiftly rushed onto the field, and MC’s First-Team All-State selection made no mistake.

“Right when I looked up, I kinda knew it was good because it was going right for the middle of the goal posts,” Adams recalled. “That’s when I started celebrating because I knew … I felt really comfortable with the 34. Once you start getting out at 50, that’s when it’s starting getting a little iffy.”

Earlier in the fourth quarter, Adams was off the mark on a couple of long field goal attempts, including a 54-yard try which barely missed.

Afterward, he admitted that his game-winning 34-yarder gave him some vindication.

“That definitely helped,” said Adams, who also kicked a 35-yard FG in the first quarter, “because if I didn’t have that third chance of making that game-winner, I don’t know … the team would have been a little disappointed with me.”

Adams was joined on the East All-Star squad by local stars including Manheim Township’s Erik Benjamin (QB) and Allen McCloud (DL), Cedar Crest’s Evan Horn (OLB), and Bishop McDevitt’s Braden Weachter (OL).

“They were pretty good,” Adams said. “It was great to play another high school game, I’ll say that. I met Benjamin at a couple of QB camps early on, like probably in 10th grade, so it was nice to catch up with him there.”

 

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