With Lewis Central, the final Class 3A district nine team alive officially bowing out of the state football tournament, the All-District honors have officially been released.
For the ADM Tigers, who just finished an epic turn-around season, they placed nine well deserving players on the All-District rosters.
Starting on the offensive side, the Tigers had three first team members including running-back Nick Bradshaw, lineman Kaden Sutton, and offensive at-large player Tate Stine-Smith. Bradshaw, a leading back for the Tigers the past two seasons, had a fantastic senior campaign posting 602 rushing yards which ranked fifth in the district while his ten rushing touchdowns ranked third among all District nine rushers. Bradshaw averaged just over five yards per rush. Bradashaw was also a strong defender as well in 2018, leading ADM in tackles with 66 for the season, 49 of which were solo tackles. Lineman Kaden Sutton was part of a stellar Tiger offensive line that allowed just 23 sacks all season long, one of the fewest marks inside all of District 9. He was honored as one of just offensive linemen to earn first team all-district honors.
The third Tiger to earn first team All-District 9 honors was sophomore phenom quarterback Tate-Stine Smith. Stine-Smith was a menace to opposing defenses, lighting up opposing defenses with 1,528 passing yards and seven passing touchdowns. The young signal caller also posted 678 rushing yards which ranked as the third best mark across all of District 9. Stine-Smith was a strong performer for the Tigers and one who head coach Garrison Carter mentioned as having improved immensely in 2018.
“Tate has done a lot of growing as a football quarterback this season,” began Carter. “People who just show up in the stands on Friday nights can ever truly appreciate everything he is asked to do in the program. It will be fun to watch him continue to develop as a player and leader over the next two seasons.”
ADM football had two others that made their way onto the second team All-District offensive team including tight-end Nate Conrad and offensive linemen star Noah Kahler. Conrad was a strong player for the Tigers as a great blocker as well as a strong receiver who hauled in 401 receiving yards on 33 receptions Conrad averaged 12.2 yards per catch, the highest average on the ADM roster, and scored one touchdown in the process.
Finally, Zach Fuller took hold of a honorable mention spot. The junior was an effective weapon in the passing game, using his 28 receptions to acquire 332 receiving yards and one touchdown.
That then lends to the defensive side of things where the Tigers had three players earn such honors, two first team and one honorable mention. The two first team All-District defensive Tigers were defensive back Lucas Heitz and Nolan Harsh. They were two of the prominent senior class that impressed the likes of coach Carter and others.
“This senior group is so great to work with,” said Carter. “They are just as talented mentally as they are physically and great leaders. They really set the tone for seniors to come.”
Heitz was more than just the team leader in receiving yards with 516, but also posted 35 total tackles with one sack. Of the eight interceptions ADM acquired in the 2018 season, Heitz hauled in two of those. In his first season out as a member of ADM varsity football, senior Nolan Harsh was a stellar defensive player, earning 58.5 total tackles, 41 of which were solo tackles. Harsh also earned three solo tackles for loss.
Last but not least, fellow senior athletic star Andrew Flora earned All-District honors as a defensive honorable mention honoree. Flora acquired 38.5 tackles and two interceptions.