Dooly County head coach Jimmy Hughes isn’t saying his team will beat Wilcox County tonight, but he did tell GHSF Daily this week that his star defensive tackle, Montravius Adams, does well against the spread offense, which Wilcox employs.
“We can get him in places in spread sets where you can’t double him unless it comes from a back, and I’d take Montravius against any running back trying to block him,” Hughes said. “We can put him on the edge, even stand him up sometimes and bring him from linebacker, getting him a running start. It’s easier for him to play that kind of stuff because you don’t see doubles as much.”
The Dooly-Wilcox game, between rival schools 25 miles apart, is one of the most interesting matchups this week. Wilcox is No. 2 in Class A. Dooly is No. 8.
Both have players in the GHSF Daily state Player of the Year Watch. Adams stands at No. 5, while Wilcox County quarterback Makail Grace is No. 9.
Adams was a no-brainer Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super 11 pick. He is rated as the nation’s No. 1 defensive tackle by Scout and 247Sports, but Super 11 players must also have a track record of success on the high school field. This season in two games, he has 17 tackles, six assists, five tackles for losses, two sacks, a forced fumble and a touchdown rushing. In 2011, he had 44 tackles for losses and more than 20 sacks in 11 games (7-4 finish).
“Some of this stuff is hard to believe, but we went back and went through [film] again because I wondered if it was true,” Hughes said. “It took me a couple of days. All the stats were within a play one way or the other. He runs so well. He’s 300 pounds, 6-4, bigger than he was last year. He’s as good as I’ve ever seen.”
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