The 3-5 (3-2) Adrian Maples fell apart in the fourth quarter and couldn’t protect their 26-14 lead as the 7-1 (4-1) Tecumseh Indians came back to win. Both offenses moved the ball very well, but Adrian’s offense faltered in the fourth as they saw the Indians score 15 straight to win 29-26.
Tecumseh scored on their first drive of the game when their quarterback Ben Dreslinski found his receiver Spencer Adams for a 38 yard touchdown pass. Casey Hunt would add the extra point.
Adrian would storm back with under a minute left in the 2nd when Hunter Hayes hit Joshua Perez for a 27 yard touchdown pass. They missed the extra point. 30 seconds later, Daniel Smaw picked off a Dreslinski pass and returned it 65 yards for a touchdown. They went for 2 and it failed, but they did take the lead into halftime 12-7.
The Maples would strike first in the third when Hayes hit Michael Hamden for a 9 yard touchdown pass. Tecumseh would answer back on their next drive when Adams would take a handoff and take it 53 yards for a score. Adrian would push their lead up to 12 when Jeffrey Marvin would score a 1 yard touchdown. He would also catch a pass from Hayes for a 2 point conversion.
The Indians would come roaring back. Early into the fourth, Spencer Hite capped off their drive with a 2 yard touchdown rush. Minutes later they would score again when Dreslinski would take a touchdown in from a yard out. They would add a 2 point conversion pass to Kyle Bryan to make the score 29-26.
Hayes completed 27 of his 44 passing attempts for 264 yards with 2 touchdown passes. They were led on the ground by Marvin who had 9 carries for 34 yards and a touchdown. The leading receiver was Perez who caught 9 pass for 101 yards and a touchdown. Hamden added 10 grabs for 93 yards and a touchdown.
Dreslinski threw 21 passes and completed 14 of them for 162 yards with a touchdown pass and an interception. He also led them in rushing with 20 carries for 81 yards and a touchdown. Adams was the top receiver for the Indians with 5 catches for 66 yards and a touchdown.
Adrian’s defense played great for the first 3 quarters when they held Tecumseh to only 14 points. They allowed the Indians to double it up in the 4th, which has been there problem all season. They didn’t close it out and it caused them to lose the game. They gave up quite a lot on the ground, but did limit them in the passing game. They probably should have won this game, but you have to play all four quarters in order to win games.
The passing game was really good this week. They completed over 50% of their passes and they were just less than 10 yards per reception. The running game wasn’t all that bad as they went for 74 yards on 18 attempts. Much like their defense, it fell apart in the final quarter and couldn’t get anything going. If they could have found a little bit of offense in the fourth they might have won the game, but you have execute and they didn’t.
Adrian will stay on the road when they travel up to play against the tough 5-3 (4-2) Traverse City West Titans. This week the Titans were handled at home 56-39 by the Ogemaw Heights Falcons.
Tecumseh will try to finish the regular season strong when they travel to Carleton, Michigan to face the 5-3 (4-3) Airport Jets. This week Airport traveled to the Milan Big Reds and the Jets were destroyed 41-0.