BATH - Senior Kaden Adams rushed for 248 yards and scored six touchdowns as Haverling ran past Wellsville 40-19 Thursday in the semifinals of the Connors and Ferris Bowl.
Adams surpassed his previous career high of five touchdowns with the performance.
“Kaden is hungry, he’s a senior, he’s not the biggest guy but he’s a got a lot of heart and desire,” Haverling head coach Matt Ford said. “He’s shifty, he’s quick and he makes guys miss. If you’re a guy that runs the ball and can make guys miss, you’re going to score touchdowns.”
Aside from Adams, the Rams rushing attack as a whole accounted for 392 total yards in the contest.
"The line did amazing and our running backs found the holes," said Adams. “I think we did great.”
The two teams traded scores to begin the night. Adams started off the night with a 54-yard touchdown run on Haverling’s first drive of the game. Wellsville’s Liam McKinley responded with his own run of 58 yards 30 seconds later.
Adams added his second touchdown on a 4-yard run late in the first quarter to elevate Haverling’s lead to 16-7.
Wellsville cut the deficit to three at the beginning of the second quarter when McKinley found Tyler Sands for a 42-yard touchdown after a Haverling corner slipped on the play.
The Rams then proceeded to score on its next two drives to close the half. Both drives featured an onside kick recovery and Adams touchdown runs of six and five to give Haverling a commanding 28-13 lead at half.
Adams continued his touchdown prowess in the second half, scoring on two one-yard runs and capping off the win for the Rams.
“Offense was clicking tonight,” Haverling head coach Matt Ford said. “Our offensive line did a great job. Our guys played with a lot of heart and were electric off the ball.”
Defensively, Owen Eggleston led the Rams with six tackles and a fumble recovery and Brayden Hess contributed five tackles and a sack on defense.
With the win, Haverling will advance to the Connors and Ferris Bowl finals Wednesday at home against Hornell with game time slated for 5:30 p.m.. The Rams will be looking for their second straight Bowl win after a 22-6 victory over Avon last season.