Coming off of an opening game to remember, the ADM football Tigers are in search of a repeat performance in a big early season game.
The Tigers are riding high after their 17-7 win over Bondurant-Farrar, and the excitement is still being felt by both coaches and players alike.
“It was very cool to get back to winning,” said senior Lucas Heitz. “We were gelling well as a team and it showed how much progress this team has made.”
Newly minted head coach Garrison Carter reflected those comments
“It felt great to get the win,” began Carter. “I was very proud of the team and the way they figured out how to win. The good news is that we didn’t play anywhere close to what we’re capable of yet we still got a win.”
Regardless of the excitement both coaches and players alike are focused on their match up against Perry and continuing on with the process.
“As good as it was to win last week, we can’t forget about this week,” said Nick Bradshaw. “Coach has us all bought in on the next game mindset. We have to focus on the game this week because each game is different.”
Tonight the same excitement that surrounded the season opener will be amplified not only due to the fact that it’s ADM’s home opener for 2018, but it’s a revival of an old standing rivalry against the Perry Blue Jays. Even though this game is labeled as a non-district match-up, the importance of winning is not lost.
“With the way the playoffs are determined now, all games matter,” said Carter. “You have to show up to play each week because your non-district games effect your playoff qualifying just as much as your district games do.”
An added layer of excitement comes from the fact that the last time these two teams faced was in the 2015-16 season. That was also the last time Tiger football started 2-0 to begin the season.
The Tigers utilized a solid passing game and a more than solid kicking game to claim the win, something that coach Carter aims to replicate tonight.
“Our passing game was really strong last week,” said Carter. “Tate did a good job overcoming adversity and leading the team.
Coach Carter talked about how special teams was important last week, and how crucial it will be for the win this week.
“Special Teams is the difference in close games,” said Carter. “We played well on special teams last Friday and Bondurant did not. We need to keep that going this week. We spend a ton of time on that each week and Coach Norton does a fantastic job with that group.”
The Tigers played nearly an overall sound game last week but fell just short with the running game that posted just 50 yards on 26 carries in week one. That is something coach Carter feels is crucial for his team to improve upon in week two.
“It will be vital for our team to establish the run,” said Carter. “We have to be able to run the football as we want to be able to run first and pass second. We need to get that rolling early.”
The Tigers and the Blue Jays will renew their rivalry tonight at ADM stadium beginning with kick off at 7:30 p.m.