A-D-M suffered a 30-7 loss to top-seeded Harlan in its regular season finale on Oct. 25, but still made the playoffs anyway.
The Tigers (4-5) qualified with the third seed after they, Creston/Orient-Macksburg and Glenwood all finished in a three-way tie for third place. A-D-M won the tiebreaker on account of its regular-season victories over both schools, and traveled Wednesday to second-seed Carroll (6-3).
A-D-M spent nearly the entire first half in Harlan territory, and three touchdowns in the game’s first 8 minutes proved too much to overcome.
Quarterback Kolby Whisner was 11-of-27 passing for 93 yards. Grant Goeden carried 21 times for 79 yards, and scored the team’s only touchdown from four yards out. Tate Jensen caught three passes for 32 yards, and Johnny Reel had three catches for 21 yards.
Zach Ostendorf had seven tackles on defense, while Jensen, Robby Sloss and Darold Baker each had six. Baker added an interception and Heath a fumble recovery.
Carroll entered Wednesday’s playoff opener with a 7-2 record, the only blemishes a 7-6 loss to undefeated Kuemper Catholic and a 42-0 loss to undefeated Bishop Heelan. A-D-M started the season 3-1, but lost four of its final five games.
The winner advances to a second-round matchup against either Harlan (8-1) or LeMars (3-6).