There are just certain things that are oh so sweet to hear win it comes to the fall season like the crunching of leaves, the ringing of the school bell, and a 4-0 start by the ADM football Tigers.
That’s right, the ADM football team officially made it a 4-0 start on Friday, September 14 after ending homecoming week in style with a 49-13 win over the Boone Toreadors. It was the largest single game offensive output the Tigers have posted since September 18 of the 2015 season when the Tigers posted 55 points against Atlantic.
ADM football continues with it’s strongest start since the 2015 campaign under the direction of first year head coach Garrison Carter who has gained the respect of a ten year head coach by the Tiger players.
“Ever since coach Carter stepped on this field he’s been a great leader for this team,” said senior Nick Bradshaw earlier this season. “He can not only be your coach but he can be your friend as well which makes it extremely easy to talk to him about anything and it makes practices really fun. He makes it feel like we’ve been with him for ten years.”
Believe it or not, there were some people who viewed the game against Boone as an uphill battle for the Tigers but the game turned out to be anything but. ADM captured the lead early and never looked back after capping off their opening drive capped off by an 11 yard touchdown strike to Nick Bradshaw.
Less than two minutes later Boone would answer with a score of their own to tie it up at seven each but then with under three minutes left in quarter number one, the Tigers would once again claim the lead with a 78 yard touchdown run by quarterback Tate Stine-Smith to bring the score in favor of ADM once again, 14-7. After the game, Stine-Smith talked about that lengthy touchdown run.
“Just the inside run,” Stine-Smith said of the Tigers’ approach. “The O-line did a tremendous job. They were doing exactly what they were supposed to do and we executed on offense.”
Quarter two saw an uptake in scoring for the Tigers who punched in three scores and a two-point conversion to lay claim to a 36-7 halftime lead. Two of those scores came from the hands of senior Nick Bradshaw who ended the night with four total scores on the ground. The second quarter scoring fest put the Tigers up at the half big which was a great sign for Stine-Smith.
“It was really important taking the momentum back into the locker room with us,” Stine-Smith said. “We carried ourselves like we’ve been there before, came out the second half and continued to do it.”
ADM marched 92 yards on its initial possession of the second half, making the score 43-7 and starting a running clock. The Tigers would ride out the running clock and tack on six more points to bring the overall score to it’s final resting place of 49-13 in favor of ADM. The Tigers were certainly firing on all cylinders but the one thing that stood out to head coach Garrison Carter the most came inside the trenches.
“How about the offensive line tonight?” Tigers coach Garrison Carter asked, rhetorically. “Some of those holes they were opening up were incredible. I think it all starts with them and that’s the group we’ve been coaching the hardest.”
In total, the Tigers posted up a whopping 575 yards of offense, their highest mark so far this season. As coach Carter mentioned earlier in the week, establishing the run was going to be key and boy was it. Out of the 575 total yards of offense put up by ADM, 451 of those yards came on the ground. Stine-Smith paced the way in total rushing yards by an individual with 208 to go along with one rushing touchdown. It was just as impressive of a night on the ground from Bradshaw who amassed 168 total yards on the ground and finding the end-zone four times on the ground. Overall it was a team rushing attack with four players punching their ticket to a score and seven different runners with at least two carries or more.
Even though it might be his first year at the helm coaching ADM football, the way the offense is running and the success that’s came with is giving coach Carter a very familiar feel.
“It was funny talking to my wife when I got home from the game she asked if that finally felt like normal for me,” began Carter. “That kind of offense is what I’ve been used to watching from my teams for the last six years and it was great to see it get rolling here. We are going to be explosive in the run game because of our tempo and our ability to utilize all of the space on the field.”
ADM improved to 4-0 on the season, with the first three triumphs coming by an average margin of 5.3 points.
Up next is a showdown against traditional power Harlan.
“One thing we talk about with these guys every day is staying humble, staying hungry,” Carter said. “They are here because they bought into being mentally tough and responding to adversary and working hard.”
As the Tigers start district play, they will be aiming for their first win over Harlan since the 2014 campaign.