Tigers stun Panthers at end, 36-35; Mount Ayr rolls, 61-13
ADM 36, Creston/O-M 35
ADEL — An incredible set of events turned the tide in the final 4:42 as ADM, trailing 35-24, stunned visiting Creston/O-M in a 36-35 victory Friday night.
In a game of momentum shifts, the Panthers rallied from a 14-3 early deficit to take a 25-21 halftime lead. ADM had scored on a 74-yard pass play on the first play from scrimmage in the game.
In the second half, Creston/O-M used a ball-control offense led by the rushing of Adam Baker, to gain the advantage, 35-24. In building on their five-point halftime lead, the Panthers had a 45-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Phipps to Maxx Walters and Connor Pals' second field goal of the game.
That 30-yarder for a 35-24 edge with 4:45 left capped a 17-play drive by the Panthers that used 7:11 of the fourth-quarter clock, starting at their own 30-yard line. Baker carried nine times for 47 yards during the possession.
ADM took got the ball on its own 44 with 4:42 left, trailing by 11. On fourth-and-11, quarterback Kolby Whisner hooked up with Joseph Sloss for a 22-yard gain to the Panther 34.
A 14-yard pass took it to the 19, where the pivotal play of the game occurred with 2:24 left. A pass from Whisner went in and out of the hands of receiver Jonathan Reel as he was hit by Walters in the Panther secondary. Linebacker Gavin Leith scooped up the ball and returned it to ADM territory as the visiting crowd cheered in celebration. The sideline chains were moved to indicate Creston/O-M's possession.
Then an officials' huddle transpired, and the ruling was an incomplete pass, giving the Tigers new life with the ball at the Panther 19. Whisner converted a fourth-and-one on a keeper to the 8-yard line. Finally, with only :46 left in the game, he connected with tailback Grant Goeden on a screen pass to the left for a 2-yard touchdown. A two-point incompletion left the score 35-30 in Creston/O-M's favor.
ADM kicker Jacob Hutzell stroked an onsides kick that went bouncing toward the right sideline. Just before it went out of bounds, past the first wave of Panthers, ADM's Elijah McCartney pounced on it at the Panther 37-yard line with 34 seconds left.
After three incompletions, Creston/O-M was called for pass interference, giving the Tigers the ball on the 21. An ADM procedure penalty brought it back to the 26 with 20 seconds left.
Whisner, who had been under pressure from the Panther line much of the second half, had just enough time to heave it to the left side of the end zone, where Jacob Sloss was covered by both Bryce Briley and Pals. The pass was tipped in the air by one of the defenders, and landed in the lap of Sloss seated in the end zone, for a touchdown with 12 seconds left. A two-point pass failed, leaving it 36-35.
Phipps' first pass of the ensuing possession was picked off by ADM's Darold Baker, clinching the unconventional victory for the Tigers, now 2-0 in District 1 and 3-1 overall. Creston/O-M fell to 1-1 and 3-1 going into its homecoming contest against Perry.
"We've had a lot of overtime games, some great victories here," ADM coach Mike Whisner said, "but I've never had a game like this. We were getting frustrated there in the second half, and Creston was playing good, physical football. We just kept playing. That was a real hustle play to get that onsides kick."
Creston/O-M coach Brian Morrison struggled to find the words to describe the mindset of his team, following the shocking loss.
"I don't even know what to say," the Panther coach said. "Two and a half minutes left and we're up by 11," Morrison said. "Forty seconds is a long time if you give them a short field. We had guys in position at the end there, and they just came down with it. We put ourselves in position in the fourth quarter to do what we always do. We'll learn from it. Perry will be another challenge next week."
Glenwood knocked off Perry Friday, 31-14. In non-district play, Harlan lost to Carroll, 14-7. Lewis Central rolled over Atlantic, 42-0.
For the game, Baker carried 25 times for Creston/O-M for 138 yards. Frain had two rushing touchdowns. Phipps completed 9 of 23 passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns to Walters. He was intercepted three times.
Whisner was 14-of-32 passing for 251 yards and three TDs. He was intercepted twice. Cory Rathe led a good effort by the Panther defensive line with four tackles for losses.
Penalties continued to plague the Panthers, flagged 11 times for 88 yards Friday.
The varsity game was a mirror image of the freshman contest, in which the Panthers converted a late turnover into the winning touchdown with 1:09 left for a 14-12 victory.
Mount Ayr 61, Colfax-Mingo 13
MOUNT AYR — It didn't take long for the Mount Ayr Raiders, ranked second in Class 1A by the Des Moines Register, to take control in Friday's 61-13 district opening win over Colfax-Mingo.
The Raiders marched down the field, capping an eight-play, 69-yard drive with a 3-yard touchdown run by Jacob Sobotka. The drive took less than 3:00 in length.
On Mount Ayr's second drive, Sobotka hit Kyle Dolecheck on a fade route down the right sideline. Dolecheck went up over a pair of defenders, took a hit, held onto the ball and got a foot in bounds to make the catch at the 5-yard line.
Just 5:00 after Mount Ayr's first score, Caleb Schnoor ran it up the middle for another touchdown, giving the Raiders a 13-0 lead.
Dolecheck intercepted the first play of the second quarter, setting up a 20-yard touchdown pass from Sobotka to Lincoln Martin. Martin caught three touchdown passes in the game.
Mason Mercer blocked a punt for a touchdown, as the Raiders improved to 4-0 overall and 1-0 in Class 1A District 7.
Plowman gets record
HUMESTON — Adair-Casey running back Clayton Plowman became Iowa's all-time leader in career rushing yards in eight-player football, snapping the previous record of 6,389 yards in the first quarter against Mormon Trail on Friday night.
Plowman scored the Bombers' first touchdown and broke Tyler Tonderum of Armstrong-Ringsted's mark on the second possession.
Becoming Iowa's top eight-player rusher ever moved Plowman to fourth on the national list, and another 30 yards would move him past Zac Cardwell of Lowell, Ore. for third all-time.
With the scores, the senior also moved into third-place in Iowa eight-player history in career touchdowns.
A-H-S-T, Avoca 31, Griswold 21
Adair-Casey 79, Mormon Trail, Garden Grove 14
ADM, Adel 36, Creston-Orient-Macksburg 35
Ballard 27, Norwalk 24
Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City 62, LeMars 27
Bondurant Farrar 54, Interstate 35,Truro 0
Boone 42, Saydel 6
Boyer Valley, Dunlap 70, Stanton 34
Carlisle 43, Winterset 12
Carroll 14, Harlan 7
Central Decatur, Leon 27, Clarke, Osceola 14
Clarinda 41, Clarinda Academy 6
Colo-NESCO 30, East Union, Afton 20
English Valleys, North English 54, Southeast Warren, Liberty Center 20
Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton 66, Charter Oak-Ute 18
Fremont Mills, Tabor 55, Essex 12
Glenwood 31, Perry 14
Greene County 25, Red Oak 7
Grinnell 21, Dallas Center-Grimes 14
Guthrie Center 35, Bedford 6
H-L-V, Victor 48, Tri-County, Thornburg 8
Indianola 34, Ottumwa 7
Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 49, South Central Calhoun 6
Lamoni 80, Seymour 6
Lenox 54, Nishnabotna 28
Lewis Central 42, Atlantic 0
Madrid 54, Martensdale-St. Marys 35
Melcher-Dallas 62, Moravia 0
Mount Ayr 61, Colfax-Mingo 13
Murray 47, Wayne, Corydon 22
OA-BCIG 38, Shenandoah 17
Oskaloosa 35, Chariton 21
Panorama, Panora 10, Nodaway Valley 0
Pekin 49, Pleasantville 23
Riverside, Oakland 21, Logan-Magnolia 20
Southwest Valley 59, CAM, Anita 20
St. Albert, Council Bluffs 56, West Central Valley, Stuart 32
Storm Lake 24, Denison-Schleswig 7
Treynor 14, Tri-Center, Neola 6
Twin Cedars, Bussey 52, Meskwaki Settlement School 22
Underwood 52, West Monona, Onawa 14
Van Meter 35, Ogden 28