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QB Tyler Adkins ends junior season with sectional championship appearance

QB Tyler Adkins ends junior season with sectional championship appearance
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Nicholas Pappas - BVM Sports Contributor

MARTINSVILLE, Ind. — Tyler Adkins, junior starting quarterback for the Martinsville Artesians football team, ended the season on a high note with an impressive postseason run and appearance in a sectional championship game.

In 2021, Adkins entered his junior year with only a half-season of experience as the starting quarterback for the Artesians. He took over the reins for Martinsville at the mid-way point in 2020, producing statement wins over several conference and playoff teams.

During his sophomore year, Adkins played in eight total games, throwing for 1,035 passing yards and nine passing touchdowns to go with nine interceptions. He also scored two rushing touchdowns on 33 carries.

The very next year (2021), Adkins would make an incredible leap in his development, leading the Artesians to a 7-5 record after an abysmal season in 2020.

Adkins had several impressive outings his junior season, putting up big numbers in several conference games against Mid-State opponents.

While playing against the Perry Meridian Falcons, Adkins arguably had his best game ever. He threw six touchdowns and 299 passing yards to go along with a perfect quarterback rating. He distributed the ball to six different receivers, including star wideout Chase Mabry, who had three receiving touchdowns in a 49-32 victory over the Falcons.

Adkins also played incredibly well in a matchup against a competitive Plainfield Quakers team, finishing the game with three passing touchdowns and completing 67% of his passes. However, Martinsville came up just short of a victory, losing to Plainfield by a score of 28-27.

Adkins led the charge in a successful playoff run for Martinsville, with key wins against Silver Creek and South Dearborn. They made an unlikely appearance in the sectional championship game against a tough East Central High School team. The Artesians would ultimately lose 37-7 to the Trojans.

Martinsville advanced further in the playoffs than any other team in the Mid-State Conference, proving that Adkins can bring the juice and make the Artesians a competitive team. He finished the 2021 season with 28 passing touchdowns, 2,292 passing yards and a quarterback rating of 98.9.

Will Adkins continue to take his game to the next level for his senior season? The indication is that the junior quarterback will only get better and contribute to a Martinsville football team that plays smart, complimentary football.

Can Adkins and the Artesians make it to another sectional championship game? Only time will tell, but the confidence and chemistry are certainly there, which will bode well for an up-and-coming Martinsville football team.

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