Indians unable to upset Maples
By Mickey Alvarado
Adrian’s varsity football team won the Southeastern Conference White Division outright after handing Tecumseh’s Indians a 55-7 loss at Indian Stadium on Friday, Oct. 8.
The Maples are one of the toughest teams in the conference with a record of 5-0 and an overall record of 7-0 and they didn’t allow the Indians much when it came time to punch the ball through the end zone.
The Maples, on the other hand, were more bite than bark, baring their teeth early in the rivalry contest and scoring two touchdowns in the opening quarter on short runs by Marrcell Grayer.
After stopping the Indians just 15 yards away from Adrian’s end zone, Maple quarterback Sebastian Johnson added another touchdown on a keeper in the second quarter for a 21-0 advantage. He finished the contest with five carries for 25 yards and completed 10-of-12 passes for another 149 yards.
The Maples totaled 253 rushing yards on 30 carries while the Indians were limited to 183 rushing yards and 49 yards from passing.
Tecumseh’s Matt Napieralski scored the Indians only touchdown of the game on a pass from Brad Vannatter in the second quarter. Napieralski was sidelined during the early season with a broken leg so it was a special touchdown for the Indians’ homecoming king.
Adrian added another touchdown with 45 seconds left in the second quarter with Grayer rushing into the end zone from just two yards out to give Adrian a 28-7 lead at halftime.
Cody Nolan hit the end zone on a 27-yard pass from Johnson and a good kick after by Ryan Dempsey gave the Maples a 42-7 lead with 9:26 left in the third quarter.
Vannatter completed 3-of-7 passes for 47-yards with two being intercepted. One was returned 78 yards for a touchdown by Adrian’s Tyler Frank with 3:16 remaining in the third quarter. The Maples then held a 48-7 lead after missing their extra point kick.
Dempsey scored the rest of Adrian’s points. He added another touchdown early in the fourth quarter on a 46-yard run and scored the game’s last touchdown on a 14-yard run. He also kicked the ball through the uprights after both touchdowns.
The Maples logged 396 yards while the Indians were limited to 218 total yards.
Ronnie Bechtol led Tecumseh’s ground game with 16 carries for 76 yards. Austin Shartle had 15 carries for 56 yards. Vannatter rushed five times for a loss of 16 yards. Tecumseh’s back up quarterback, Nick Coffin, threw one incomplete pass and rushed twice for zero yards. Coffin led the Indians defense with nine tackles, three of which were solos.
The Indians will carry a 1-6 overall and 1-4 SEC White record into Indian Stadium on Friday, Oct. 15, when they face Bedford (7-0, 5-0 SEC Red).