(11-22-21) In 2000 Adams Central won their only State Football Championship beating Attica 29-20 in the Class A final.

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2000 Class A State Final

November 24, 2000 – RCA Dome, Indianapolis – Ignited by a 55-yard punt return for a touchdown in the game’s first two minutes, Adams Central led all the way and held off Attica’s second half rally for a 29-21victory in the Class A state championship game and its first IHSAA state title in any sport.

Senior quarterback Nicholas Houk threw for 149 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Flying Jets to their sixth consecutive victory.

After forcing Attica to punt on its opening possession, Adams Central’s Nick Foreman took the punt 55 yards for the first score of the game at the 10:39 mark. Foreman’s return was a Class A championship game record.

Adams Central (12-3), unranked in the final state coaches poll, led 29-6 at halftime on Houk’s three touchdown passes, two of which went to Curt Garwood. Garwood’s second touchdown reception, a 28-yarder came with 2:23 left before halftime.

Top-ranked Attica (14-1), which won its first sectional championship three weeks ago, staged a furious second half rally that fell short when the Red Ramblers were held on fourth and two at the Adams Central 3-yard line with 5:43 remaining in the game and trailing 29-21. Adams Central took over on downs and converted four first downs in the final minutes to salt the game away.

Attica pulled within 29-13 on senior running back Josh Smith’s second touchdown run of the day, a two-yarder that capped a 13-play, 53-yard drive. The Ramblers trimmed the deficit to 29-21 when Tim Powell ran in a 15-yard end around. Travis Childress caught the two-point conversion from Theron Schmid.

Smith finished with 230 yards on the ground in 42 carries to break the overall state finals record for most attempts in a game. The previous record was held by Rick Endsley of DeKalb, who carried 41 times in the 1986 Class 4A final. The previous Class A record was 40 by Tim Alspaugh of Tippecanoe Valley against Hamilton Southeastern in 1979.

Adams Central ran only seven plays in the first quarter compared to 30 for Attica. Following the punt return for a touchdown by Foreman, the Flying Jets took a 13-0 lead on their next possession when Houk connected with Garwood from 16 yards out. Adams Central maintained the lead the rest of the way.

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Adams Central (12-3)13160029

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter

Adams Central – Nick Foreman 55 punt return (Ked Hirschy kick), 10:39.

Adams Central – Curt Garwood 16 pass from Nicholas Houk (kick failed), 7:59.

Attica – Josh Smith 4 run (run failed), 3:56.

2nd Quarter

Adams Central – Ked Hirschy 39 pass from Nicholas Houk (Curt Garwood pass from Ked Hirschy), 7:05.

Adams Central – Curt Garwood 28 pass from Nicholas Houk (Brian Butcher run), 2:23.

3rd Quarter

Attica – Josh Smith 2 run (Josh Smith kick), 5:45.

Attica – Tim Powell 15 run (Travis Childress from Theron Schmid), 0:23.

4th Quarter

No scoring.

Time of Game – 2:40.

Team Statistics

Attica Adams Central
17First Downs13
55-254Rushes/Yards32-165
45Passing Yards149
6-13-0Passing Comp./Att./Int.8-11-1
68-299Plays/Total Net Yards43-314
71Return Yards140
5/32.6Punts/Avg.4/35.5
7-52Penalties/Yards3-40
1-0Fumbles/Lost0-0
28:16Time of Possession19:44

Individual Statistics

Rushing

AtticaJosh Smith 42-230, Tim Powell 3-21, Travis Kirby 5-12, David Foster 1-9, Theron Schmid 3-(-)16.

Adams Central – Nick Foreman 11-73, Tim Kaminsky 10-60, Nicholas Houk 2-12, Brian Butcher 5-12, Ked Hirschy 1-9, Curt Garwood 1-2.

Passing

AtticaTheron Schmid 6-12-0-45, Josh Smith 0-0-0-0.

Adams Central – Nicholas Houk 8-11-1-149.

Receiving

AtticaRyan Francis 2-16, David Foster 2-10, Travis Childress 1-16, Josh Smith 1-3.

Adams Central – Curt Garwood 5-84, Ked Hirschy 3-65.

Tackles

Attica –David Foster 10, Theron Schmid 6, Josh Smith 6, Andy Dotson 3, Josh Jones 3, Nate Larson 3, Travis Kirby 3, Ryan Blankenship 3, Tyler Schurich, Jordan French 2, Tim Powell 2, Mark Mattern 2, David Serie 2, Tony Stultz 1.

Adams Central – Tim Kaminsky 15, Adam Harmon 11, Curt Garwood 10, Josh Foster 10, Nick Foreman 8, Nick Houk 7, Brian Butcher 6, Arron Foreman 6, Eric Fravel 5, Jesse Martin 4, Travis Foster 3, Ked Hirschy 2, Craig Fruechte 2, Derek Hamilton 1.

Sacks

AtticaNone.

Adams Central – Adam Harmon 1, Josh Foster 1, Ked Hirschy 1.

Interceptions

AtticaDavid Foster 1.

Adams CentralNone.

Fumble Recoveries

AtticaNone.

Adams CentralNone.

CLASS A GAME NOTES

SMITH FINISHES SECOND IN SEASON, CAREER SCORING – Attica senior running back Josh Smith scored two touchdowns and kicked an extra point for 13 points against Adams Central. He finished the season with 449 points. Smith moved his career total to 811. Both totals rank second to Sheridan’s Brett Law on the all-time Indiana chart. Law scored a national-record 453 points in 1988 when Sheridan finished 12-2 and won the Class A state title. Law finished his career in 1989 with another state title and 952 career points, also a national record.

SMITH FINISHES FOURTH IN SEASON RUSHING, CAREER RUSHING – Attica senior running back Josh Smith rushed for 270 yards on a state finals-record 42 carries to finish the 2000 season with 3,004 yards. He’s the fourth Indiana running back to rush for 3,000 yards in a season. The others are Otis Shannon of Indianapolis Cathedral (3,252 in 1999), Mike Bohn of Roncalli (3,165 in 1993) and Alex Smith of Franklin County (3,024 in 1992). On the Indiana career rushing list, Smith ranks sixth with 6,392 yards. Two of the players ahead of Smith also were seniors this season – Otis Shannon of Indianapolis Cathedral (No. 1 with 7,560 yards) and Chris Spillmann (No. 5 with 6,465).

60 FOOTBALL STATE TITLEISTS – With its Class A state championship, Adams Central became the 60th different school to celebrate an IHSAA football state championship. The IHSAA state tournament series debuted in 1973. The current five-class tournament format was adopted in 1985.

NO. 1 FOR ADAMS CENTRAL – The 2000 Class A football state title is the first for Adams Central, a 51-year-old consolidation of Kirkland, Monroe and Pleasant Mills located at Monroe in Adams County. The Flying Jets were coached by Rick Minnich, who has compiled a 171-102 record in 24 seasons at his alma mater.

THREE TOUCHDOWN PASSES TIES CLASS A RECORD – Senior quarterback Nicholas Houk threw three touchdown passes, all in the first half, to tie the Class A state championship record. Houk is the fifth quarterback to throw three touchdown passes in a Class A state championship game. The most recent came by Eric Anthrop of Lafayette Central Catholic against Perry Central in 1999.

2000 IHSAA State Championship Program