Another week down and another week capped off by high school football at ADM high school.
Today marks week number four and a homecoming match-up with the Boone Toreadors. Tiger football has gotten off to a fast 3-0 start after taking down the likes of Grinnell, Perry, and Bondurant-Farrar. ADM has totaled 45 points overall while accumulating 999 yards of total offense.
ADM’s 3-0 status comes after defeating Grinnell on the road in what could only be described as the second coming of the mud bowl. Less than ideal conditions rocked the game but in the end, left an impression on ADM head coach Garrison Carter.
“I was really pleased with how our kids didn’t let playing conditions be an excuse,” began Carter. “We constantly preach mental toughness and adapting to adversity, and I thought our kids did a great job with that.”
As fun or not fun as the mud bowl game was, this week will provide cleaner field conditions thanks to ADM’s freshly implemented turf field. The gleaming red letters spelling out Tigers and the boom of the touchdown cannon await ADM’s final non-district match up to cap off what has already been a phenomenal homecoming week. An addition to the homecoming week fun has been Tiger football’s inclusion as the third ranked Class 3A team in the inaugural RPI Playoff Index polls. ADM’s 3-0 record was noticed by the IHSAA who put them in the number three spot and while the recognition is well warranted, it’s not a big focus for coach Carter and his team.
“It’s nice to see our name at the top but this early in the season you can’t put very much into the computer rankings,” said Carter. “We’ve still got to go out and play our game and stay focused on Boone.”
The Toreadors of Boone, ADM’s homecoming opponent, will march onto the field at ADM stadium with a 2-1 record including wins over Newton and Gilbert. The Toreadors have totaled 783 yards of total offense en rout to scoring 71 total points. Boone wields an offense that practically has split their offensive production down the middle. Out of the ten total trips to the end-zone, Boone has five rushing touchdowns and five passing touchdowns. The Toreadors have posted 411 passing yards compared to 372 rushing yards. The leader of the Toreador offense senior quarterback Tyler Casotti with 342 yards passing on 19 completions and is responsible for eight of the teams ten total touchdowns both through the air and on the ground.
The Toreadors have already proven that they can hurt teams in multiple ways, but that’s not the worry of ADM’s coach Carter.
“We’re still early in the year so our big focus is becoming the best version of ourselves that we can be,” started Carter. “We’ve made it this far by just focusing on our improvement. Boone will be our best challenge so far but our main focus is on ourselves.”
The internal focus is more than justified by coach Carter, who has his team off to it’s best start since the 2012 campaign where they started the season 5-0. That focus has also helped the perfect mindset blossom within the ADM locker room, something coach Carter has been preaching since day one.
“We are constantly preaching to our kids about staying focused and humble,” began Carter. “They’ve got to this point by focusing on those things. Now that we’re 3-0 it would be easy to start relaxing but we don’t allow that from our kids. It’s all about staying mentally sharp and prepared for EVERY game.”
Aside from the mental side of the game, coach Carter talked about a balanced approach on offense as being something that could aid in a win not just tonight, but throughout the rest of the season.
“We want to make sure we’re balanced offensively,” began Carter. ” We don’t necessarily mean fifty-fifty run pass we mean balanced in the fact that we are able to attack the defense in a multitude of ways using lots of players and attacking lots of area’s on the field.”
What has turned into one of their biggest strengths, the rushing game, has been spurred on by the offensive line which has had a big impact and as coach Carter mentions, will continue to have a big impact on the team.
“We will go as our line goes not just on the offensive side of the ball but the defensive line as well,” said Carter. “We have some extremely talented kids in those spots and as they continue to develop we will continue to see our whole team get better.”
The Tigers look to cap off what has been a great homecoming week with a football win tonight, and it all begins with kickoff at 7:30 p.m.