Janson Adair just wants to end his high school football career on the right path.
The Laramie High senior is bringing everything he has to the table this season and is paving the way to help his team to be successful.
Adair is doing whatever he can to help his team win while logging snaps at receiver, safety, kick returner, punt returner, and even long snapper.
In last week’s loss to Campbell County, Adair scored three touchdowns – one on offense, one on defense, and one on special teams.
“(Gillette) went up 14-0 right off the bat and I was getting frustrated,” Adair said. “I decided ‘you know what, I’m going to do something about this’.”
And he did indeed do something about it.
Adair scored two touchdowns in the second quarter – a 54-yard interception return and an 89-yard kickoff return – which gave the Plainsmen (1-2) the spark they needed.
His third touchdown came on a 36-yard Hail Mary reception as time expired to send the game into overtime and give his squad extended life before they ultimately fell to the Camels, 48-41.
His all-purpose yardage against the Camels was 307, which is the third-best single-game total so far in Class 4A.
With the three touchdowns in last Friday’s game, Adair is padding his season stats. He now has six touchdowns through three games to go with 235 total receiving yards.
He credits his success to the hard work in the offseason.
“Just coming in during the offseason and working in the weight room (has helped a lot),” Adair said. “I was just trying to show up every day I could and get better in the offseason.”
Adair was forced to sit out the last two seasons because of shoulder injuries.
He tore his right labrum during his sophomore campaign and then tore the left labrum last season.
“The last couple years (Adair) has been injured, and I’m just happy he’s able to be back for his senior year,” third-year coach Clint Reed said. “I just want him to excel as an individual and most importantly, he helps our team.
“He’s dynamic in every phase of the game, and just having back for his final season has been a blessing for us.”
The luck seems to be shifting in the opposite direction for Adair as he’s finding his stride and has become the Plainsmen’s biggest contributor in their young season.
To go along with the offensive production, Adair also leads the team in total tackles with 32 — 17 solo and 15 assisted — on the season.
Overall though, he’s just happy to be back on the field with his teammates.
“I’m glad I’m getting an opportunity to finally be on the field and affect the team in a positive way,” Adair said. “I’m just glad to be back and hopefully I can stay healthy.”
Adair will look to continue his strong start to the season when the Plainsmen square off against the Natrona County Mustangs at 6 p.m. tonight at Deti Stadium.
About the Mustangs
Natrona is coming off a state championship in which they routed the Sheridan Broncs, 28-14 last November.
The Mustangs (2-1) are led by head coach Steve Harshman, who is in his 29th season at the helm of the program.
“Natrona is big, fast, and strong,” Reed said. “There’s no complacency, there’s no entitlement and people have to earn things which makes them a strong program.
“They’re not showing anything that’s very new this year, it’s just that the next man always steps up for them. We have a big challenge ahead of us (tonight).”
After being ranked at the top in last week’s WyoPreps.com Coaches and Media Poll, the Mustangs fell to fourth place following a 31-7 loss to Sheridan on the road last Friday.
Laramie traveled to Casper last year and fell to Natrona 39-14. Last time the Mustangs and the Plainsmen squared off at Deti Stadium was in 2017 with the Mustangs prevailing, 42-10.