The A-D-M Tigers improved to 5-0 and 3-0 in District 1 play with a 43-24 win over previously unbeaten and 2nd ranked Lewis Central. The Tigers used 5 TD’s by Jordan Grove, 3 TD’s passes by Kyle Herrick & three turnovers forced by the defense to knock off the Titans.
A-D-M got started fast, taking the opening kickoff and driving to the Titan’s 18 but on 4th down Blake Heiman’s 35 yard field goal sailed wide left. After a defensive stop the Tigers went back to work, Herrick found Grant Goeden on an 18 yard crossing route to give A-D-M a 7-0 lead. After a Lewis Central field goal cut the lead to 7-3, Herrick found Grove on a text book screen pass from the A-D-M 16, Grove went coast to coast untouched 84 yards to give Tigers a 13-3 lead with 23.3 seconds left in the 1st quarter.
A-D-M looked to put the game away early in the 2nd quarter as they drove to the Titans 24, but Kyle Herrick was intercepted and Lewis Central returned the ball to the Tigers 35. On fourth down from A-D-M’s 18 Lewis Central Quarterback Austin Simmons found Wide Receiver Jake Rogers in the back of the end zone to cut the lead to 13-10 with 2:25 to play in the half. After an A-D-M punt, Simmons found Rogers again for a 67 yard strike to give the Titans a 17-13 lead at the half.
The Tigers came out in the 2nd half with purpose, after a defensive stop A-D-M got going quickly as Herrick found Grove open for a 47 yard strike to put the Tigers back in the lead 19-17. The defense forced a fumble at the Titans 40 and 4 plays later Grove scored his 3rd TD of the night this one a 2 yarder to increase A-D-M lead to 27 to 13 after a successful 2 point conversion with 4:31 left in the 3rd quarter.
Lewis Central cut the lead to 26-24 on their next possession when Simmons hit Austin Harrison on a 40 scoring pass with 2:16 left in the 3rd quarter but the Titans would get no closer. Grove’s 4th TD of the night, an 18 yard scamper upped the A-D-M lead to 33-24 with 8:50 left to play and then Grove sealed the deal with a 30 interception return for a TD on the Titans next possession. Blake Heiman added a late field goal to finish the scoring.
“They were a tough opponent, the toughest one we’s played so far,” said A-D-M Head Coach Mike Whisner said, “They are big on the line & have quality players at the skills positions, we had work hard to beat that team. Everyone did their job, that’s how teams win games, just doing your job & not trying to do more.”
With the win the Tigers have now won 17 straight regular season wins dating back to October of 2010. Friday night they travel to Atlantic to take on the Trojans. Atlantic enters the game with a 3-2 overall record but 0-2 in the District. You can hear the game this Friday night on “Real Country” K-107.9 FM, kickoff at 7:30, Curt Lowe & Brett Glenn will be on the call.