Notre Dame commit recap: Josh Adams rushes for six touchdowns
When Josh Adams tore his ACL last October, he had little doubt he would return for a successful senior season. But he didn’t necessarily imagine he would score six touchdowns like he did Friday night.
The Notre Dame running back commit scored every touchdown for Central Bucks South in a 42-24 victory over Central Bucks East.
“I know that my rehab and all the stuff I did in the offseason has paid off,” Adams said. “I feel blessed to be able to get back on the field and play. I didn't come into the season focused on any particular stats.”
The comeback couldn’t have turned out much better so far. In three games, Adams has produced 533 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. He’s also caught four passes for 82 yards and another touchdown. Adams can credit a relentlessly positive attitude for helping him get back to an elite level.
“I knew for a fact that I was going to be able to recover and recover quickly,” Adams said. “I didn't plan on doubting myself one bit. I tried to start off positive and take that through the whole process. I had it in the back of my mind to do better and excel in all those areas from the start of the season. I expected myself to make an impact early on."
That happened Friday night. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound back scored on rushing touchdowns of 9 and 32 yards in the first quarter. Adams added a couple more in the second quarter from 4 and 11 yards out. His fourth touchdown might have been the toughest of the night.
“I had to fight through some tackles to get in there,” Adams said. “I had to earn that one. That was the most memorable one.”
The Central Bucks South offensive line cleared paths for Adams all game long, enough so that breaking through tackles wasn’t always a necessity.
"Our offensive line was doing a great job,” Adams said. “That was another rivalry game, and they had something to prove. They came out with an edge and we executed and did all the things we needed to do and let the game come to us.”
Adams added a pair of short touchdowns in the second half. He finished the game with 23 carries for 150 yards and those six touchdowns — numbers Adams lost track of.
"I honestly wasn't aware of how many touchdowns I scored,” Adams said. “I was getting a little caught up in the game. I didn't know until after when somebody told me.”
Here’s a recap of the rest of Notre Dame’s verbally committed recruiting class from the weekend:
WR Jalen Guyton: Allen 58, McKinney Boyd 28. Guyton scored four touchdowns for an Allen team (3-0) that continues to roll. He caught five passes for 102 yards and three touchdowns. He also returned a kickoff for an 89-yard touchdown.
Watch Guyton's highlights against Boyd here.
WR Miles Boykin: Providence Catholic 26, Mount Carmel 14. Boykin followed up last week’s five-touchdown performance with another big game against a tougher opponent. Boykin nabbbed eight catches for 96 yards and two touchdowns for Providence Catholic (3-0).
LB Josh Barajas: Andrean 24, Munster 20. Barajas and Andrean (4-0) needed a late drive in the fourth quarter to complete a comeback victory. Barajas caught a 20-yard pass on that drive. He also recorded 10 tackles, two sacks and blocked a field goal.
OL Tristen Hoge: Highland 42, Century 0. Hoge anchored an offensive line at the front of a high-powered offense that scored 42 points in the first half. Highland (3-0) has won its last two games by a combined 104-0 margin.
Watch Hoge's highlights against Century here.
CB Nick Coleman: Kettering Alter 42, Thurgood Marshall 14. Coleman scored a rushing touchdown in another Alter (3-0) blowout win. He carried the ball seven times for 78 yards on offense. At cornerback, Coleman totaled three tackles and two pass breakups.
WR C.J. Sanders: Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 24, San Mateo Serra 14: Sanders was limited to just one touchdown for the first time this season. His lone score for Notre Dame (3-0) came on a 26-yard rush.
CB Shaun Crawford: St. Edward vs. St. Joseph (N.J.) Regional. Another blowout victory for Crawford and St. Edward has the team living up to its national ranking. Crawford caught six catches for 90 yards, including a 13-yard touchdown, and recorded four tackles on defense. MaxPreps ranks St. Edward as the No. 1 team in the country after its 3-0 start.
DL Micah Dew-Treadway: Bolingbrook 64, Joliet Central 14. Dew-Treadway recorded four tackles in the first half of a demolishing win. Bolingbrook (2-1) led 57-0 late in the first half.
S Nicco Fertitta: Bishop Gorman 43, Centennial 42. Fertitta and Bishop Gorman (4-0) won another close game. UCLA tight end commit Alize Jones, who visited Notre Dame for the Michigan game, caught a game-winning two-point conversion late in the fourth quarter. Fertitta recorded four tackles.
OL Trevor Ruhland: Cary-Grove 42, Grayslake North 7. Ruhland and the Cary-Grove offense rolled for 402 yards in the team’s third win to start the season.
S Prentice McKinney: DeSoto 53, South Oak Cliff 13. McKinney saw too much action on the back end of South Oak Cliff’s defense. He recorded one interception, 10 tackles and two tackles for a loss in the team’s third-straight losing effort.
OL Jerry Tillery: Evangel Christian 25, Ouachita Parish 17. Tillery helped pave the way for an Evangel offense that tallied 284 yards. He also played defensive line for Evangel (1-1).
DT Brandon Tiassum: Southern Wells 28, Park Tudor 17. Brandon Tiassum and Park Tudor (0-4) kept the game close but couldn’t earn their first win of the season. Tiassum tallied eight tackles, one sack and two forced fumbles.
DT Elijah Taylor: Archbishop Moeller 55, Xenia 7. Taylor and the Moeller defense continued to dominate. It has allowed just 13 points in three wins to start the season. Taylor recorded one tackle in the victory.
CB Ashton White: Liberty Christian 21, Bishop McNamara 18. White had an interception in a Bishop McNamara (1-2) loss. He also caught one pass for three yards.
Watch White's highlights against Liberty Christian here.
*Stats reported were provided by the players or the following news organizations: MaxPreps, Shreveport Times, Idaho State Journal, Dallas Morning News, Los Angeles Daily News, Will County Herald-News.