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Stopping A.D.

The Atlanta Falcons couldn't do it. He gashed them for 163 total yards and a touchdown on opening day.

The defending NFC champion Chicago bears couldn't do it. He ran for a Vikings-record 224 yards against them.

Nobody in the NFL has been able to stop Adrian Peterson, but in 2003 at Rose Stadium, the Hallsville Bobcats beat Peterson's Palestine Wildcats in a bi-district playoff game that the Bobcats still remember.

"We knew that going into the game, we weren't going to stop him," former Bobcats head coach and current Pine Tree defensive line coach Roger Adams said. "We had to contain him, slow him down. "

"Did we?" he asked aloud, laughing. " Well, yeah, we did slow him down a little bit, but he still got around 240 yards against us."

Peterson popped for 241 yards and three touchdowns, but Hallsville's junior linebacker Roderick Muckelroy, now at The University of Texas, played big against him. The Bobcats rallied from 19-7 down to win 20-19, and end Peterson's high school career in a big moment that still stands out.

"To beat a team with a young man of that caliber playing ball was very special," Adams recalled. "I think I was having an out-of-body experience after the win."

Adams said it's a good example of the level of talent in East Texas, even years later certain moments stand out, certain stories that Adams says come up every time they watch him Peterson play.

"You can hear them talking in the background saying ‘we played against him'," Adams said. "That's something that's very special for the kids and me as a coach to know that we've seen that caliber of ball in East Texas."

"And it just makes it that much sweeter that we were able to win that game."

Reid Kerr can be reached at rkerr@kltv.com.

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