It’s always tough to suffer a loss at any time, any week. As a coach of a football team, while it stings, it’s back to work on improving for the next week and that’s the situation ADM head football coach Garrison Carter finds himself in.
It comes after his Tigers dropped a 14 point lead at halftime to fall late to Bondurant-Farrar by a 28-21 final. There is always a level of confidence heading into each game but it’s less common to feel what the Tigers felt after the gridiron battle Friday, Aug. 30.
“I think Friday was a big dose of humble pie for the team,” began Carter. “We left a lot of points on the field and you just simply don’t deserve to win when you let that many opportunities slip through your fingers. We believe we have a talented team with the ability to do some special things, but sometimes you have to get punched in the face to figure out what kind of team you are.”
There’s no doubt the skill that ADM football possesses and even with the loss, the Tigers proved they could handle most of what the visiting Bluejays could throw at them defensively.
“Bondurant did a nice job of leading the box defensively and trying to stuff the run,” began Carter. “Our goal is to be a team that can be effective in many different ways and to not is one dimensional. They forced us to throw, so we threw. At the end of the day, good football teams figure out a way to be successful both running the ball and passing the ball on offense. We need to be better with the running game this week.”
Despite the loss that skill that was on the field for ADM was extensively highlighted. The highlight was shed mainly on one side as the rushing attack managed just 57 yards while the passing attack brought forth 270 passing yards, a mark which bested all but one game from last season. On a defensive note, while Bondurant-Farrar didn’t have a strong passing attack, their rushing attack gouged the Tiger defense to the tune of 213 yards and three touchdowns. Heading into the contest against Perry, the ground game is a big focus for coach Carter.
“The running game will be a big focus for us on both sides of the ball,” said Carter. “Bondurant really hurt us on the ground and we just need to make sure we sure that up. We were solid against the passing game and to be the complete defense that we can be, we need to sure up the ground defense.”
All that will be in preparation for their first road trip of the season which will take them north to Perry to renew a long-time rivalry against another Bluejay squad. Unlike the Tigers, Perry has little in the way of returning talent but when it comes to focal points, it’s all about focusing within.
“We can analyze our opponents until we’re blue in the face but it’s what we do within and the improvements we make that will have the biggest impact,” said Carter. “If we improve upon our faults and become the best version that we can be, it’ll be extremely difficult for anyone to beat us.”
The Tigers and the Bluejays will be facing off for the third time in the past five seasons with ADM winning all three of those battles. Their next edition on the gridiron will take place this Friday with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m.