The ADM High School football team was certainly hungry for their first win of the season heading into Friday’s action. From the first whistle in Perry Friday, Sep. 6, everything seemed to go right for the Tigers as they trounced host Perry by a 71-0 final.
It was their highest point total in well over ten years of play for ADM football and from the get-go, it was an offensive showcase for the Tigers. Four trips to the end-zone in each of the first two quarters set the tone and led to 386 yards of total offense. Defensively, it was just as spectacular as the defense didn’t allow a single point following a 28 point let down the week prior. What’s more, is that the Tiger defense suffocated Perry to the point of allowing just six total yards of offense.
A great sign for the Tigers was the rushing attack that accounted for 82 percent of the total offensive production. After under sixty yards rushed last week, the Tigers poured in 319 yards Friday night on 37 rushing attempts. ADM managed 67 yards through the air but the ground attack was more than enough to capture their first win of 2019.
The ADM offense produced 22 total first downs compared to just three for the Bluejays. Quarterback Tate-Stine Smith took to the air nine times and came away with four completions for 52 yards. The sophomore accounted for the first three scores of the game. Matt Dufoe also got the chance to pitch in and completed both of his two passing attempts for 15 yards and a score.
Overall, with a missed two-point conversion and a successful two-point conversion, ADM ended the first quarter with a 28-0 lead which they extended to a 57-0 lead with four more end-zone trips in the second quarter. Senior Colton Pirtle aided in the second quarter scoring from a defensive end as he picked up ADM’s first defensive touchdown of the season. Ultimately it was an overall sound performance which was exactly what head coach Garrison Carter was focusing on leading up to the game.
“If you’re good at just one thing then you will struggle at some point,” said Carter before the game. “We need to work at being an overall sound team good at multiple things. Good teams can be effective on the ground and through the air and that’s been our biggest focus.”
The second quarter also saw ADM earn scored from Justice Paulson on a 34 yard touchdown run, a Matt Dufoe eight yard touchdown pass to Lucas Ray, and a Trevor Smith three yard touchdown scamper. Matt Dufoe continued to take reps under center in the second half and helped pad the lead in the third quarter with a 14 yard touchdown run. He later replicated that with a 24 touchdown run in the fourth quarter to give the score its final mark of 71-0.
Defensively, along with allowing a mere six yards of offense to Perry, the Tiger defense produced over 45 tackles on the night. Leading the way for all ADM tacklers was senior Kaden Sutton who earned a season high eleven tackles on the night including one for a loss and one sack. Sutton now has 18 and a half tackles for the season so far, giving him the top mark within Class 3A’s District Nine field. Other strong tackling nights came from juniors Cole Williamson and Austin Younger. Both individuals ended the night with just over three tackles each, now giving them eight and six tackles respectively. Along with his normal defensive duties, senior Colton Pirtle hauled in one interception on the night which he then promptly took to the house for a 30 yard touchdown return. That was part of the 29 point second quarter for the Tigers.
Overall the Tigers suffered seven penalties for 60 yards.
The win marked the largest margin of victory for ADM football and will carry the Tigers into the next week. ADM now yields a record of 1-1 on the early season. Their next outing will come next week Friday when the Tigers finish off homecoming week with a home match-up against Grinnell. This will be the second match-up between the two teams over the past five years and it will begin with kickoff at 7:30 p.m.