Adams Helps Unseat Independence

CHARLOTTE --- After watching, and then participating in, many consecutive years of Butler losses to national power Independence, Spencer Adams saw the tables turn Friday night in a 21-20 upset.

"It feels great," a jubilant Adams said. "I've been watching Butler get beat since my brother was there. This feels good right here, because I did it for my family. We've done a lot of things, but this feels real good."

After Independence took a 13-7 lead into halftime, the two rivals traded third quarter touchdowns. Then a 16-yard touchdown pass from Illinois-bound Jacob Charest to Notre Dame pledge Robert Blanton gave Butler a 21-20 lead with 5:03 remaining in the game.

On the ensuing drive, Independence drove down the field until Adams, who was playing free safety, knocked down a pass on fourth down.

"All I saw was the ball in the air and I thought, ‘Man, I've got to go get this,'" Adams said. "They got me once with that fade route when they ran two seams down the middle. So I said, ‘Man, I've got to go get this.'"

With three minutes left in the game, all Butler had to do with pick up a couple of first downs and run out the clock. Instead, junior tailback Hawatha Bell fumbled the ball a minute later.

Possessing new life, Independence once again drove down the field. After reaching the opposing 39-yard line, Butler's defense stiffened and forced a turnover-on-downs to give them the victory.

"Nobody gave us a chance," Adams said. "Everybody said ‘Butler was going to lose, [Rod] Chisholm is going to run wild.' But we faced that adversity and came back and beat them."

Saturday morning, Adams heads to Chapel Hill for his official visit with North Carolina.

"I'm going to have some fun in North Carolina with my big boy Ryan [Houston]," Adams said laughing. "That's what I'm talking about."

Adams, who has already officially visited Michigan, will take an official trip to Florida Thanksgiving weekend (versus Florida State) and schedule a date with Clemson after the season. He isn't sure who will get his final allotted official visit.

Amid his official visit schedule, Adams isn't prepared to name a leader.

"I really don't have a standout favorite," Adams said. "Clemson is up there, Florida is up there, Michigan, North Carolina are definitely up there. I'm just trying to work out the details."

John Blake has taken over Adams' recruitment for UNC.

"Coach Blake is a great person. [He has] a great personality," Adams said. "UNC definitely has a family atmosphere with my big boy Ryan. I definitely feel like it could be a place I want to go."

Adams is also in regular contact with Houston.

"He just says to take it a day at a time," Adams said. "He's like ‘Man, I'm not going to try to recruit you to come to North Carolina. But if this is where you want to go, you definitely need to come over here.'…

"Obviously it's the school that he picked, so he must have seen something in it. So I definitely want to take a look at it.

"He's going to feel good about this [win] I'm going to call him when I get on the bus."

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