Jaley Adams has probably never played a game of Tecmo Bowl in his life. His performance in Week 6 would make the creators of the vintage video game blush.
The Kossuth running back set a state record for rushing yards in a game during the Aggies’ 68-34 win over Corinth on Friday. Of Kossuth’s 681 total yards, the junior recorded 543 yards on 27 carries. The record was previously held by Stringer’s Tipston Garner, who racked up 523 yards in a win over West Lincoln in 2003.
Not a bad way to usher in your birthday.
“I was saying last night that it was a good way to end out 16,” said Adams, who turned 17 on Saturday. “I didn’t really expect anything, to be honest. I was kind of doubting myself and I wasn’t in the right mindset. I didn’t plan to break a record.”
That doubt certainly never surfaced in the Alcorn County showdown.
The Aggies’ first touchdown was scored by quarterback Elijah Potts and their last by fullback Hunter Brooks. Adams scored eight touchdowns in between with five of his scores reaching 50 yards or more. The longest was a 96-yard run to the end zone in the second quarter.
“We should’ve fielded a punt at the 30 but it rolled to the 4,” Kossuth coach Brian Kelly said. “Jaley bounced to the outside and outran everyone to the end zone. When he got outside the tight end he went north-south and there was no catching him. It was over.”
Adams entered Week 6 with eight touchdowns. He doubled his production against the Warriors and now has 16 on the season. Through six games, the running back has amassed 1,274 yards rushing.
The junior broke Kossuth’s single-game rushing record last week with 305 yards and tied a school record for touchdowns with five against Nettleton.
Kelly said he didn’t know how close Adams was to making statewide history until he was informed later in the game.
“I didn’t have a clue at the time,” Kelly said. “It was a three-touchdown game and we can’t afford to pull our starters out because they play both ways. Jaley was also playing defensive end and lined up on special teams.”
Adams was told of his progress at halftime. At that point the junior already had five touchdowns.
“At halftime they told me I had 370, but I didn’t believe them,” he said. “(The Daily Corinthian’s) Lee Smith told me the state record was 523. Honestly, at that point I was ready to go home and go to bed. I didn’t know if I was going to get it, but it’s all about heart over mind.”
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