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All Saints' Kendall Adams logs three INTs, four TDs in 58-21 win over St. Mark's
When going against Fort Worth All Saints’ Ohio State, TCU and Louisville commits, sometimes it’s the Kansas State one who gets you.
Fort Worth All Saints used three interceptions and four touchdown catches from K-State-bound Kendall Adams to roll to a 58-21 victory over St. Mark’s.
“Biggest game I’ve ever had,” Adams said. “My great-grandmother has been sick and I’ve thought a lot about her. When things get tough, she came through. We’ve got great leaders on this team and we know someone is going to step up when we need to.”
Ranked No. 1 in SportsDay’s Small Private School rankings, All Saints (4-0, 2-0 in SPC) was sparked by a couple of interceptions by Adams to get its high-powered offense moving. Trailing 14-7 early in the second quarter, Adams returned an interception to St. Mark’s 9-yard line to set up his first touchdown pass — a 14-yard scoring catch.
Adams’ 29-yard touchdown gave All Saints a 21-14 lead midway through the second quarter, and the avalanche started. At halftime, Adams had eight catches for 165 yards and three touchdowns as All Saints had a 33-21 lead. Adams roamed free on simple seam and vertical routes. Adams, whose father, Shon, is an All Saints assistant, returned his third interception for a touchdown, but it was called back by a penalty.
“That was the play I liked the most,” Adams said. “Last year, there was talk whether it was a fluke that we won (45-23). We didn’t want to have any doubts.”
With the nucleus returning from last year’s SPC Small School state championship team, All Saints quarterback and TCU commit Foster Sawyer typically had plenty of time to throw behind a line featuring Ohio State commit Demetrius Knox at left tackle. Running back Daniel Gresham, a Louisville commit, ended with 97 yards and two rushing touchdowns. All Saints didn’t run much — even with 50 plays in the first half — until the fourth quarter when it lead by 24.
No. 3-ranked St. Mark’s tried to keep pace with senior quarterback John Webb connecting with brothers John and William Caldwell. A senior, John made a diving, one-handed grab for 33 yards on St. Mark’s first drive — which was stopped by Adams’ first interception on a ball that bounced out of a receiver’s hands. John Caldwell ended with six catches for 142 yards touchdowns, and the sophomore William had five for 103 yards.
“They’ve got an unbelievable quarterback, receiver passing game,” seventh-year All Saints coach Aaron Beck said. “They jumped out on us early last year too. It’s the only time we’ve been behind this year. We run so many plays, so fast, we can wear you down. We’ve got a lot of good players with a lot of high expectations, but I’m very proud of the way they are handling the pressure.”