Tiny Dooly County, a wash in maroon and gold and with arguably the best high school player in Georgia, traveled a few miles south on I-75 to face its local rival Crisp County in pre-season action here in the “Watermelon Capital of the World.”
Adams, who played no less than five positions, was dominant – simply dominant – in this South Georgia fight.
“He’s pretty good – he is,” Crisp head coach Lee Campbell said of Adams after the game. “He’s got the size, quickness and speed – clearly he’s physical. He’s got a great future – he’s special. He’s going to be pretty good.”
Campbell has a good frame of reference for what “good” is. He coached former five-star player Charles Johnson, who now plays in the NFL for the Carolina Panthers, while head coach at Hawkinsville.
Adams lined up as punter, fullback, offensive tackle, defensive end and defensive tackle. His play on defense was probably the biggest reason Dooly held Crisp scoreless the entire game. The Bobcats prevailed 24-0 in the end.
Adams, one of the top uncommitted football players in the country right now, has made clear his intentions to wait until Signing Day to announce his college decision. That’s ramped up the recruiting competition amongst schools vying for his services.
Auburn, one of the couple of schools Adams is seriously considering, has gone so far as to put up billboard advertising in his small hometown of Vienna (pronounced VY-enna by locals).
“My coach told me about it first,” Adams said with a smile. "Then everyone was telling me about it. They told me to ride down I-75. I like it, but it doesn't make any difference. I am enjoying everything right now."
From his play on the field it’s easy to see why the local billboard company might get a few more advertising requests – this time from Georgia (the school he admits many of his teammates and neighbors would like him to play for), Clemson and everyone else recruiting Adams.
During the third quarter Adams converted a fourth-and-two situation with a seven-yard run in which the entire Crisp defense attempted to tackle him. Eventually they wrestled him to the ground, but two wound up injured after the play. Crisp’s 11 blue and yellow jerseys almost made it hard to see the massive 300-pounder… almost.
Earlier in the game Adams knocked a defender to the ground while playing offensive tackle. The Crisp player, thinking the play was near its end, stayed on the ground in order not to confront Adams’ mammoth punch. The defender was surprised, and seemed disappointed, to have to get back up to try and get past Adams.
One defender attempted to bull rush Adams. He simply drove that youngster into the turf.
It all seemed unfair. But it was Montravious Adams… and it was just him while playing offense.
"I think I played alright," Adams said after the game. "It is going to be better when we get into the season. It has to be better because my goal is to have 100-plus tackles this season."
Poor Witt Campbell, Crisp’s sophomore signal caller, probably lost several pounds running away from Adams. Attempts to double team Adams were worthless. Often Dooly would move Adams around in order to avoid the inevitable double team.
“We like to move him around some,” Dooly coach Jimmy Hughes said. “I think he played well, but our entire defensive line played well.”
They did, but Adams was the star. He had three sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and too many tackles to keep track of after a while.
The worst thing of the night for Adams? His 13-yard punt in the third quarter with Dooly holding a commanding 23-0 lead.
No one booed.
Adams before a night where he dominated. (Dean Legge/Dawg Post)