Friday night didn’t start out Jordyn Adams’ way.
With a stadium full of fans eager to see the prized UNC recruit’s first high school football game in North Carolina, Adams received the opening kickoff and fumbled just a few strides into his debut. It was the first of several bad luck plays in the first half of Green Hope’s 38-28 season-opening loss to Southern Nash.
Adams, who moved to Cary from Blytheville, S.C., was held to one catch in the first half as Southern Nash led 21-0 at the break. Green Hope trailed 31-7 at the end of the third quarter.
But as frustrating as the first three quarters were for Adams and the Falcons, the fourth quarter was just as promising for Adams and his team. The senior hauled in two touchdown passes, one 47-yarder down the left sideline and a 40-yarder down the right, and finished with 8 catches for 136 yards.
Southern Nash defensive back Nadir Thompson, who will be lining up across from Adams in the ACC Coastal Division one day as a member of the Virginia Tech Hokies, broke up a few passes but did not line up across from Adams on every play. Southern Nash sprinkled in a few double-teams as well to keep the ball away from him.
“Of course, Game One there’s going to be things you’re not sure about, things that you’ve got to fix, kinks in a team and things like that,” Adams said. “But overall, we all played hard, we all played good. We’ve got things we’ve got to clean up and we’re going to clean up and we’re going to clean that up and get ready for next week.”
In the first half, Adams wasn’t targeted often, as quarterback Willie Taylor was under duress from the Firebirds’ defense.
“They were giving us a lot of looks in the pass rush that we hadn’t seen,” Green Hope coach David Green said. “For our kids, it took them a little while to settle into that, and sometimes with the pressure Willie was getting in the first half, it was hard for him to settle in.”
But the protection improved, Taylor got more comfortable in the pocket, and Adams got loose a few times. A failed two-point conversion late stopped the Falcons from getting the game back to one possession.
Green also noted that Adams missed more days in practice than other players while playing in the Under-Armour All-American baseball all-star game. Adams is a projected high draft pick in the MLB Draft and plans on playing both baseball and football for the Tar Heels.
“He’s a great kid,” Green said. “He’s been raised right. He’s blended in well and been a good addition.”