Mikeice Adams is in center of action
By Rick Pedone
Give him a choice and it doesn’t take Mikeice Adams long to respond when you ask him about the play he most enjoyed with the Osceola Kowboys.
“Hitting the running back coming up the middle,” Adams said, chuckling. “Definitely, that’s my favorite play. I love to stuff the ball.”
That, right there, explains how Adams, the Kowboys, 6-0, 195-pound middle linebacker, led the team for the second straight year with 120 tackles, 13 of those for a loss.
Adams and teammate Riley Nicholson share Osceola News-Gazette Defensive Player of the Year honors with Harmony linebacker Colton Keene.
Adams, who moved to Kissimmee from Miami when he was in elementary school, called the defensive signals for a Kowboys defense that yielded just 11.5 points per game.
“I can usually tell by the quarterback’s eyes, or the running back’s eyes, they’re usually trying to look where they’re going to go,” he said.
Adams, who had 128 tackles as a junior, lined up at Mike (middle) linebacker between Nicholson and Shayvai Gordon to form a linebacking unit envied by most teams in Florida.
“It’s great playing between those two guys, it’s special,” he said.
Adams, who had knee surgery as a freshman, thought about being a running back but he never regretted his job as a Kowboys enforcer behind the line of scrimmage.
“I always played fullback or linebacker growing up, but after I hurt my knee I concentrated on linebacker,” he said. “Sometimes I think about playing safety, but linebacker is probably better for me in college.”
Nicholson said Adams was the Kowboys defensive leader.
“Mikeice, he’s one of those guys on defense who gets pretty fired up,” Nicholson said.
Adams already has scholarship offers from several schools, including Florida International and Florida Atlantic.
The Kowboys defense yielded just 53 yards per game on the ground last season thanks in large part to the work of Adams, Nicholson and their teammates.
“We’re pretty lucky to have those guys at linebacker. There just isn’t anyone around who is better than the group we’ve got,” Kowboys Coach Doug Nichols said.
The Kowboys saw their hopes for a Class 7A state championship end at Niceville, 31-30, in a state semifinal game that many called one of the best they saw.
Even though it lost, Adams is proud of his team.
“Even before that game, everyone got together and said that we were going to leave it all on the field, and that we weren’t going to hang our heads,” Adams said.
Adams said it was on the bus ride home from Niceville that it slowly sank in that he had played his last game for OHS.
“It hit me first after Niceville kicked (the game-winning) field goal,” he said. “On the bus, it was pretty quiet. I went to sleep right away, but when I woke up, that’s all I thought about. That it’s over. We had a great season. I’m proud of what we did.”