Linebacker anchors injured corps

Andrew Adams serves as the heart of his defense.
Sunday, October 2, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 3:23 a.m. CDT, Thursday, July 17, 2008

During Rock Bridge’s football games, you don’t have to be watching to know when Andrew Adams makes a tackle.

That’s because sitting in their regular seats in the last row before the press box, are Adams’ parents, Dave and Susie along with his neighbors. Collectively, they form the loudest cheering section at Rock Bridge.

“We believe in the Bruins and Andrew pulls a lot of fans because of good friends and neighbors,” said Adams’ mother, Susie, wearing her son’s jersey as usual at Friday night’s game. “We work for State Farm and a lot of people like to follow him.”

Adams, the junior inside linebacker, said though he can’t hear his family and friends cheering during the game because he is too focused, it is still important to him.

“I really appreciate it, it gives me some mental drive to keep going,” Adams said.

Adams has been an integral part of the Bruins’ defense this season. Before Friday’s game, he totaled a team-high 36 tackles while holding together a linebacking corps that has been decimated by injuries. Two starters have missed time this season.

“He played hard, and he always plays hard,” coach A.J. Ofodile said after Friday’s game. “He brings a certain amount of emotion to the game and makes some physical stops here and there, so it’s good to have him.”

The loss of Adams’ partner at inside linebacker, junior Johnny Wacker, has been especially hard on Adams and the Bruins.

“With Johnny being out, it’s weird because he’s like your partner like everyday life,” Adams said. “I miss him a lot out there but I just know I got to try to be the leader and be the heart of the defense.”

Wacker, who has missed three games because of a hamstring injury, said Adams picked up his play towards the end of last season, and it has just carried right over to this season.

“He’s been awesome and he knows all his plays and where to be,” Wacker said.

During Friday’s game against Webb City, Adams showed his prowess for finding the opposing ballcarrier. He was flying to the ball making plays all over the field.

“Flying around and getting after it is my style,” Adams said. “Because I want to go on after this to the next level and if you take plays off, you’re not going to make it.”

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