The 2-4 (2-1) Adrian Maples have won their second game by a large margin once again. This week it was against the 0-6 (0-3) Ypsilanti Phoenix who could not stop the Maples passing game as it went for over 200 yards and 3 touchdowns.
The Maples got it going late in the first quarter when their quarterback Hunter Hayes found Josh Perez for a 30 yard touchdown pass. Rebecca Miller hit the extra point to put them up 7-0 at the end of the quarter.
Early into the 2nd, Hayes took a run into the end zone himself from 5 yards out. Ypsilanti’s Jacob Simmons caught the ensuing kickoff at the 15 yard line and took it the rest of the way for the Phoenix’s only touchdown. The point after attempt was no good. Adrian scored again with under a minute left in the half when Hayes found Michael Hamden for a 22 yard touchdown pass. That made the score 21-6 at halftime.
Late into the third quarter Hayes scored yet again on the ground from a yard out. Then before the quarter ended, he hit Hamden again for another touchdown pass of 16 yards. The kick on the final score was no good, making the final score 34-6.
Adrian’s quarterback Hayes went 11 for 26 passes for 205 yards with 3 touchdowns and an interception. They were led by the ground by Tony Mendez who had 13 carries for 58 yards. Hayes did add 6 carries for 13 yards and 2 touchdowns. The leading receiver was Perez with 6 grabs for 97 yards and a touchdown. Hamden added 5 catches for 90 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Phoenix quarterback Malik Grissom went 7 for 17 for 108 yards with 2 interceptions. Their leading rusher, Tyree Witherspoon, had 11 carries for 68 yards. They were led in receptions by Simmons who caught 5 passes for 99 yards.
The Maples did a great job at shutting down the Phoenix. They gained only 214 yards of offense and it was split almost evenly between the pass and the run. They gave up all those yards over the course of the game, but they held and didn’t give up any scores. The only score they did have came from a kick return touchdown.
I think they need to do what they did this week and against the Dexter Dreadnaughts and apply it going forward. In their two wins they have played extremely well and played all 4 quarters hard. I would like to see them do that and see how their season ends up.
I was really surprised by the Adrian offense. I thought they would go to the running game to do their work, but actually Ypsilanti shut it down for the most part. It did gain 4.1 yards per carry when it took 26 carries for 107 yards. They completed less than 50% of their passes, but their 12 completions went for 210 yards.
I think if they could get the running game going, the incomplete passes could decrease and still get the same production. They are going to need both of them going forward.
Adrian will stay at home when they host the 4-2 (1-2) Lincoln Railsplitters. This week the Railsplitters were defeated handily at home by the Chelsea Bulldogs 41-20.
Ypsilanti will stay on the road when they travel to the 0-6 (0-3) Dexter Dreadnaughts. This week, Dexter went to the Tecumseh Indians and the Dreadnaughts were sent home after blow out of 49-0.