It wasn’t exactly pretty, but the ADM football team edged out a win over Winterset Friday, Oct. 18 by a 12-9 final.
ADM kept their playoff hopes alive and they did it in interesting fashion as they captured nearly 400 total yards of offense in a game with just 21-combined points. That marked the first such time ADM has been held under 18 points all season long. It was a game that included a flat first half by ADM in which they didn’t find the scoreboard once marking the first time all season that Tiger football was held scoreless heading into the second half.
It was a first-half overall to forget and it really began when Winterset took a strong drive down for a 7-0 lead with 1:39 left in the first quarter of play. ADM’s offense was unable to make much headway and took to the halftime break with a 7-0 deficit, a performance head coach Garrison Carter and his staff was not pleased with.
“We got into our guys a little bit at halftime,” began Carter. “I thought we were flat and that we had a higher level than we were capable of playing at.”
The second half was a different story even though it took the Tigers all the way to the close of the third quarter to find the scoreboard. ADM’s first score of the game came through the air as junior signal-caller Tate Stine-Smith captured his 17th passing touchdown of the season on a 24-yard pitch and catch with senior Nathan Conrad. The score by Conrad marked the eighth receiving touchdown of the season for him which leads all Tiger receivers. Despite the score, however, ADM still ended the first three quarters with a deficit heading into the fourth quarter with a 7-6 deficit.
Then the fourth quarter came around and things seemed to go to a whole new level for the Tigers. ADM took their first-ever lead of the game in a timely fashion with 5:11 left in the game. That came on a six-yard touchdown run by Stine-Smith who had a day to remember on the ground with a career-high 221 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown. What’s more, is that put ADM up 12-7 late in the game and proved to be one of the more exciting talking points for coach Carter.
“Tate played at an elite level out there,” started Cater. “Not only did he rush for 220 plus yards, but he also played every snap on defense. Tate is a great player and you need your great players to step up in big games and he did just that.”
Stine-Smith led everybody on the ground Friday night including the entire Winterset team who posted just 84 rushing yards all game. Things wouldn’t be easy for ADM down the stretch of the final five minutes as Winterset cut into the Tiger lead with a safety to cut the score down 12-9. Thanks to a strong ADM defensive stand, the Tigers ended up walking away from Winterset wit their fifth overall win and second district victory of the 2019 season.
Overall ADM posted 398 total yards of offense despite the low scoring affair. Once again ADM took what the opposing offense gave them and totaled 299 yards of offense on the ground. Even though Stine-Smith highlighted the ground efforts with his 221 yards, other Tiger rushers aided in the cause including fellow junior Austin Younger with 31 yards, sophomore Matt Dufoe with 30 yards, and Justice Paulsen with a hard-fought 17 yards. On the receiving end, senior Nathan Conrad paced ADM with 52 yards on just three catches while scoring his eighth touchdown of the season.
Defensively it was quite the impressive night stopping a pass-heavy Winterset squad that ranked top three in the Class 3A field in passing yards.
“What a game it was Friday night,” mentioned Carter. “It was an old school hard-fought game. Our defense did a phenomenal job shutting out the best passing offense in Class 3A and our offense did just enough to get the win.”
ADM football is now 5-3 overall and an even 2-2 in district play. The chance for a playoff run will come down to the final week of the season for Tiger football as they host Class 3A third-ranked Lewis Central Friday, Oct. 25.