HOPE — Hope High quarterback Adam Adkins ran for four touchdowns and passed for two more in helping the Lions football team to a 50-0 shut out of the visiting Chase High Kats on Friday night.
The 45-point rule was implemented with 3:24 left in the fourth quarter when Hope freshman Jaryth Barten banged his way into the end zone on a one-yard run to boost the home team’s point total to 50.
The Lions were playing without the services of senior Trevor Hostetter, who suffered an ankle injury in game action the previous Friday. He is expected to return to play this coming Friday at White City.
Hope head coach Jeff Hostetter praised senior quarterback Adam Adkins and several underclassmen for stepping up their games to help offset Hostetter’s absence.
“We were challenged, but we’re slowly getting better,” coach Hostetter said, noting the Lions’ defense showed significant improvement from the previous week.
The Kats struggled throughout the contest, and a couple of key interceptions by Hope kept the visitors from becoming a serious threat.
The Lions’ dominance on offense becomes evident when game statistics are analyzed. Hope tallied 261 yards on offense—196 rushing on 25 carries and 65 passing on six completed passes out of 13 attempts.
In contrast, Chase logged only 97 yards in offense—87 rushing on 29 carries and 10 passing on completing two passes out of nine attempts.
Adkins led the Lions’ rushing attack with 126 yards on nine carries. He accounted for all of the team’s passing yards.
Trace Hostetter paced the Hope receiving corps with 42 yards.
Tate Riedy logged 14 tackles to lead the Lions’ defense.
Teammate Dustin Davidson was credited with 13 tackles.
Friday night’s game at White City will be of historic proportions. It will be the last time in the foreseeable future that the Lions and Huskies will meet on the football field. The teams will be combined for the 2014 season and compete as the Rural Vista Heat. Hope and White City are in the same school district and the merger of athletic teams was approved earlier this year by the Rural Vista Unified School District Board of Education.
The Huskies are 0-3 for the season and are coming off a 46-34 loss to Little River High this past Friday.
Coach Hostetter said all three of White City’s earlier opponents—Peabody-Burns, Solomon and Little River—represented quality football programs and doesn’t mean the winless Huskies won’t provide a challenge for the Lions.
Hope - Adam Adkins 34 run (run failed). 11:16
Hope - Trace Hostetter 24 pass from Adkins (Adkins run). 2:11
Hope - Ty Wood 15 pass from Adkins (Adkins run). :22
Hope - Adkins 38 run (Hostetter run). 9:43
Hope - Adkins 9 run (run failed). :45
Hope - Adkins 43 run (run failed). 8:11
Hope - Safety.. 5:58
Hope - Barten 1 run (PAT not attempted with implementation of the game-ending 45-point rule.) 3:24