Local business donates shotguns to WUPD Senior Profile: Shannon Runyan Reds employees recognize Dr. King’s ‘Spirit of Service’ Saving Adams County’s power plants North Adams High School announces annual Science Fair Winners Board of Developmentally Disabled holds Jan. 11 swearing-in ceremony Peebles Elementary honors December Students of the Month Adams County villages receive Bike Racks and Fix-it Stations College Credit Plus Program available to high school students Wenstrup selected as Chairman of Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health 2017 Manchester Homecoming is ‘Super’ Lions put damper on Manchester Homecoming West Union athletes honored by OSSCA Senior Profile: Story Kremin Bickett, Runyan lead Lady Dragons to victory in Manchester Indians improve to 8-3 with Saturday night rout of Portsmouth West Farm Bureau scholarships available to HS seniors Wilbur named to the Wilmington College Dean’s List Opal Van Hoose Ruby Yazell Chris Volk North Adams High School holds annual Homecoming ceremonies Six workers injured in power plant explosion Commissioners hold proclamation ceremony for 4-H Week Senior Profile: Shyanne Tucker Coach Young Classic is Saturday at NAHS Helen Kerr Anna L DeMint The garden that got us through the winter months Virginia L Fricker JV Devils top Northwest 51-34 Senior Profile: Caitlin Young North Adams moves to 7-5 with 16-point Homecoming win over Northwest Held to a higher standard Claudia J Purtee Shaylee E Prewitt Questions still linger in Stuart explosion Richard Holsinger J Ruth Madden Frank E Swayne Robert Bechdolt Sara D Hatfield Barbara Goodwin Jeffrey Frederick Grace E Myers Johnny A Sullender Sr. Senator Joe Uecker sworn-in for second term Wenstrup sworn in for third term in House Ronald L Chochard Patrick P Clift Samuel W Freeland Senior Profile: Casey Mullenix Lady Dragons win ugly, taking Classic consolation game over Manchester, 48-45 Greyhounds roll by West Union to take Classic consolation game, 82-58 History made as Ward takes oath of office Peter A Bennington Tangela R King McDonald’s Classic crowns 2016 champions MVP Arey leads Peebles to McDonald’s Classic title, Indians outlast North Adams 82-76 in double overtime thriller Lady Devils get Classic three-peat, make it 10 of 11, 14 titles for Coach Davis Senior Profile: Raegan Dick Teaching students the power of giving Kids at Children’s Home gifted with shopping spree Marion Liming Dorothy Huff John R Murphy Michael L McAninch Rita Rogers Edward L Combs Ronald W Staggs Mary H Grooms Gladys Wilson Donald Barnhill Monda Van Vorren Deborah Spires Senior Profile: Andre Wolke Indians pull away in second half, get past Manchester 71-58 in Classic semis On home floor, Lady Indians move to Classic title game North Adams handles West Union, Devils move to Classic finals with 68-53 victory Lady Devils roll into Classic championship Beth E Rowley Leatrice Lewis Senior Profile: Justin Aldridge Mary Helterbridle Wanda Huffman PES Performing Arts entertains at Hometown Christmas Adams County Manor sends holiday wishes Peebles Lions Club hosts Christmas breakfast Elusive Elf on a Shelf makes a return visit to PES Santas in blue spread Christmas cheer in a very special way Senior Profile: Aubrey McFarland WUHS holds Hall of Fame induction ceremonies WUHS Academic Team has undefeated season Serving those who served their country From Pearl Harbor to ‘America’s Got Talent’, 93-year-old WWII vet is still going strong Yester Years brings a touch of old to the new Merry Christmas to you all North Adams Elementary announces Spelling Bee winners Peebles High School hosts Homecoming ceremonies Children in need receive gifts at PES

Freedom Field opens to rain, and West Union win,

It was a long time coming and a lot of hard work by some very dedicated people, but the fruits of that labor came to pass on Friday, Sept. 11 as the West Union football program opened up its newly constructed Freedom Field for the first time. With the opening set for Sept. 11, the name Freedom Field seemed very appropriate as people had spent that day remembering the horrible tragedy that had struck our country 14 years earlier.

Also appropriately, the Dragons were playing host to the North Adams Devils on opening night, appropriate because Freedom Field was a joint effort between both programs and the two will be sharing the field for the 2015 season and beyond. Though two squads of young men were chomping at the bit all week to hit their new digs for action, it was Mother Nature who dealt the first blow, as rain showers invaded the area before game time, giving the new sod its first test in a big and wet way,but nevertheless the show must go on and it went on to the tune of a 42-20 West Union victory.

“What a great night!” said West Union head coach Scott McFarland. “It was truly exciting to see two Adams County high school teams playing under the lights. The atmosphere was electric and the kids from both teams played great. In the end we had an advantage with depth and experience which was the difference in the game. We are so excited about the opening of Freedom Field and to offer Friday night football under the lights. We had a packed house even in the rain which says something about the support we have in the county for football.”

North Adams head coach Justin Schmitz echoed the positive thoughts of Coach McFarland.

“A lot of people sacrificed time and effort to make Freedom Field a reality,”said Schmitz. “Our communities pulling together to build something from nothing is a testament to that sense of pride and real community camaraderie that football brings out in our towns.”

As for the action on the soggy field, it was the Green Devils who gained the distinction of scoring the first touchdown at Freedom Field. After West Union fumbled the ball away on the first offensive snap of the game, the Devils recovered and immediately took advantage with a two-yard touchdown run by Dominick Smith less than two minutes into the game. Jason Kelley booted the extra point to give North Adams a 7-0 lead.

After the Smith TD, the Dragons took possession at their own 26 and with the assistance of a long run by Devin Whiting and a 16-yard reception by Brandon Cornell, went on a 10-play drive that culminated in their first score at Freedom Field as workhorse back Jordan Hendricks took it in from four yards out. The two-point try was stopped so the Devils still led 7-6.

On their next possession, the Devils stretched their advantage as speedy back Jason Kelley broke loose for a 55-yard scoring run. For good measure, Kelley again kicked the extra point to make it 14-6 with just 53 second remaining in the opening period, but that lead vanished in the blink of an eye as West Union’s Dylan Grooms took the ensuing kickoff all the way to the house and with a two-point run by Hendricks, the two county squads were all even at 14 apiece.

With the rain falling again, the Dragons took the lead for good with two quick scores in the second quarter. The first came on Hendricks’ second touchdown of the night with 7:53 left in the half and after a North Adams fumble, West Union capitalized with a 19-yard touchdown run by Damon Webb to grab a 26-14 lead.

Things continued to escalate downhill for the Devils as they went three and out and were forced to punt, but the punt was blocked and pounced on by West Union’s Tylor Egnor. Three Hendricks runs later and the Dragons were in the end zone again, with Hendricks also adding the two-point conversion to put his team up 34-14. The Devils regained some composure and after a nice kickoff return by James Coday, got a nice quarterback keeper from 39 yards out for the score from Collin Hesler. The extra point was blocked and the Dragons still led 34-20.

The Devils would have been content to take that deficit to the intermission but that was not the case as the Dragons’ special teams struck again. This time it was Webb who grabbed the kickoff and raced 88 yards down the sideline for the touchdown. Add in the Hendricks two-point run and West Union went to the locker room up 42-20.

“I was proud of our team for overcoming some early adversity and our depth and experience played a big role in our taking control of the game,” said Coach McFarland. “The two kickoff returns were difference makers.”

The second half of this contest turned into a defensive struggle as neither team put any more points on the scoreboard. Both teams managed long drives in the rainy weather conditions but eventually they evolved into turnovers on downs both ways. Penalties also plagued both sides in the second half, aiding in killing any scoring chances. When the final seconds finally ticked off the clock, it was the Dragons celebrating their first win of the season and the first at Freedom Field,final score 42-20.

“Hats off to the Dragons,” said Coach Schmitz. “I thought our defense played great and we hustled on every play so I couldn’t ask for anything more from our guys. We had a couple of key injuries that hurt us and on offense, we just have to execute a little better. We’ve come a long way in a short time and the North Adams community has a lot to be proud of and to look forward to in the years to come. We will keep building on our successes and focus on continuing to improve.”

“We have some work to do to clean up our penalties and refine our passing game but overall I was pleased with our offense and defense,” said West Union’s McFarland. “I was impressed with North Adams and know they will continue to grow and improve as a program. “

“A big thank you goes out to all who donated time, money,and talent to make Freedom Field and football possible and a big thank you also to our veterans, military, firefighters, EMTs,and police who serve to protect our freedom.”

NORTH ADAMS 14 6 0 0 —20

WEST UNION 14 28 0 0 —42

Scoring Summary:

First Quarter:

NA- Smith 2 yd.run (Kelley kick)

WU- Hendricks 4 yd. run (conversion failed)

NA- Kelley 55 yd. run (Kelley kick)

WU- Grooms 85 yd. kickoff return (Hendricks run)

Second Quarter:

WU- Hendricks 6 yd. run (conversion failed)

WU- Webb 19-yd. run (extra point failed)

WU- Hendricks 4 yd. run (Hendricks run)

NA- Hesler 39 yd. run (extra point blocked)

WU- Webb 88 yd. kickoff return (Hendricks run)

The very first touchdown every scored at Freedom Field came on this two-yard run by North Adams’ Dominick Smith that gave the Devils an early 7-0 lead.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_Football11.jpgThe very first touchdown every scored at Freedom Field came on this two-yard run by North Adams’ Dominick Smith that gave the Devils an early 7-0 lead. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender

The first West Union touchdown at Freedom Field came on this four-yard run by the Dragons’ Jordan Hendricks with 4:48 left in the first quarter of last Friday night’s action.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_Football21.jpgThe first West Union touchdown at Freedom Field came on this four-yard run by the Dragons’ Jordan Hendricks with 4:48 left in the first quarter of last Friday night’s action. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender
Dragons top North Adams 42-20

By Mark Carpenter

mcarpenter@civitasmedia.com

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