ANITA, Iowa — Trailing its biggest rival at halftime, Adair-Casey junior Clayton Plowman said the locker room wasn’t a place for the faint of heart.
“We got that long break at halftime, and Coach kind of chewed our butts,” Plowman said. “We had to bring it to them in the second half, and that’s what we did.”
Plowman ran for three second-half touchdowns and finished with 35 carries for 230 yards as the Bombers opened the Eight-Man season with a 52-26 non-district win against CAM.
Leading 18-17 at the intermission, CAM took the second-half kickoff and marched to the Bomber 10, where it had a first-and-5 after a penalty. But three plays netted 1 yard, and the visitors forced a hurried incomplete pass on fourth-and-4 at the 9.
“We could have lowered our heads and allowed them to get in there,” Adair-Casey coach Wade Anderson said. “That would have been a completely different ballgame. But our guys stood tall when we needed them.”
After allowing 210 yards in the first half, Adair-Casey allowed 83 after the break. CAM had three straight three-and-outs after its initial possession of the third quarter.
“We like to pride ourselves on being physical, and we got out-physicaled,” CAM coach Joe Wollum said. “But give a lot of credit to Adair-Casey. Their defense played well.”
Both teams returned many of their key players from last year, which ended for the Cougars with a 58-32 second-round loss to the Bombers, the second straight year they were eliminated in that round to them. Adair-Casey lost 70-54 to Murray in the quarterfinals.
CAM junior Dylan Amdor was the story of the first half. The 5-foot-10, 155-pounder ran for touchdowns of 65, 44 and 2 yards, and the 2-yard score was set up by his spectacular 63-yard reception from Trevor McKee. Amdor had 189 total yards in the first half, but just 27 after the intermission.
Plowman, a bruising 6-foot, 205-pounder who already has rushed for more than 3,000 career yards and whom Anderson calls the strongest player on the team, took over in the second half. He carried 15 times for 137 yards and the three scores after the break.
Anderson said offensive linemen Dillon Suhr (6-2, 260), Logan Dinkla (6-0, 190) and Chris Draman (5-10, 215) took over at the line of scrimmage.
“We just weren’t jelling in the first half,” Anderson said. “We weren’t taking our proper steps, getting off the ball and getting our head in front. Those three guys really stepped up as a crew.”
Anderson said tight ends Josh Irlmeier and Charlie Terry also got the Bombers to the edge, as Plowman often took a direct snap in the second half to get most of his yardage.
Adair-Casey finished with a 483-293 edge in total yards. Junior Traeton Jensen added eight carries for 118 yards and three scores, as the Bombers avoided losing to CAM for the first time since 2008.
Both teams have plenty to look forward to this season.
“This didn’t hurt our chance to be district champs,” Wollum said. “We just have to get back to work.”
Anderson said he’d love a rematch. Assuming that they get there, the teams will be sent opposite directions for the playoffs.
“We hope to play them again, because that would be for the gold trophy in the Dome,” Anderson said. “Not that we’re looking ahead that far, but it’s always good to know that’s a possibility.”
Adair-Casey (1-0)......................14 3 14 31—52
At CAM (0-1).................................6 12 0 8—26
Adair-Casey: Jordan Wheatley 44 pass from Gunnar Dinkla (Emmitt Wheatley kick)
Adair-Casey: Traeton Jensen 3 run (E. Wheatley kick)
CAM: Dylan Amdor 65 run (run failed)
Adair-Casey: FG E. Wheatley 45
CAM: Amdor 44 run (run failed)
CAM: Amdor 2 run (run failed)
Adair-Casey: Jensen 62 run (run failed)
Adair-Casey: Clayton Plowman 28 run (J. Wheatley run)
Adair-Casey: Plowman 22 run (Jensen run)
Adair-Caey: Plowman 5 run (E. Wheatley kick)
CAM: Trevor McKee 31 run (Trace Ticknor pass from McKee)
Adair-Casey: Jensen 32 run (kick blocked)
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