Wilson’s Abdul Adams strives to get healthy; Cardozo plays the numbers game

September 5, 2013

Wilson sophomore running back Abdul Adams injured his left hamstring about two months ago while weight lifting, one of the small setbacks during an offseason of considerable growth. He has added over 20 pounds and looked the part of a more complete, physical runner in last week’s 55-12 win over Perry Street Prep.

He didn’t get much action, or much contact on the field however. Adams rushed for 95 yards on just two carries, including a 79-yard touchdown in which he went virtually untouched down the left sideline in the third quarter, putting the win on ice. But Adams is still feeling the lingering effects of the injury, and said this week that he is about two weeks away from being fully healthy.

“Once I get healthy, it’s over,” Adams said, adding that his brief performance on Friday night “showed I can still do what I do.”

He plans to play in Saturday’s game against DuVal, an intriguing game for the 15-year-old because he has never played against a Maryland squad, he said. He certainly brings another dimension to Wilson’s running attack, but it doesn’t end there; the Tigers are loaded with skill at the position. Junior Larry Frazier proved to be a capable, shifty runner with 57 hard-earned yards against the Pride, and he showed his versatility with six catches that went for 47 yards. Antonio Singleton adds depth and speed in the backfield — and all three players are benefactors of a spread passing game led by senior Scott Beumel.

“We push each other in practice,” Adams said of the running backs. “We’re going to have a big year.”

Adams can add another option in the passing game out of the slot once he finds full health and a clear path back to the field, he said. He’s continuing to treat the injury with physical therapy and limited time in the weight room, he said, adding that his reps in practice have been fewer and more calculated.

“I just gotta get the stiffness and pain out,” Adams said.

Cardozo seeks enough players

A year after Cardozo was unable to field a varsity roster due to low turnout, the Clerks are still fighting to keep stable numbers so far this fall. First-year Coach Isiah Harris said Wednesday that the most players he’s had at one time during fall camp is 19; the minimum rule to compete in a DCIAA game is 18.

Cardozo was initially planning to play Capital Christian Academy Friday night in its season opener, but the game was cancelled last week to allow Harris and his team more time to field a complete roster. Cardozo will not be forced to forfeit the game, Harris said.

“One of the goals is to not forfeit a game, because I know they’ve done that in the past,” Harris said.

Even with low numbers, Harris is confident he will have talent to compete in the DCIAA Stripes division — including junior quarterback Julio Quintros and senior wide receiver Daniel Gomez, as well as junior fullback and linebacker Nick Hinton.

But the primary goal heading into the team’s first game [the Clerks are scheduled to play Eastern on Sept. 13, followed by Forestville a week later] is finding a core of dedicated players who are committed to rebuilding the program, Harris said.

“We are trying to put a team together. The biggest thing is discipline, and getting the kids to understand that through discipline and hard work is how you build a team,” Harris said. “Right now our motto is ground zero, from the bottom to the top. There’s no other way but up.”

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