A-D-M’s playoff picture grew murkier after a 14-6 loss at Perry on Oct. 18.
But the Tigers’ playoff hopes rest in their own hands: win against first-place Harlan on Friday, and they are guaranteed a spot in the playoffs. They’ll also qualify if Lewis Central beats Creston/Orient-Macksburg. If C/O-M wins, A-D-M still could sneak in on a three-way tiebreaker.
“Every week in District 1 is a playoff-caliber game,” coach Mike Whisner said.
A-D-M nearly tied the game late in the fourth, but Johnny Reel’s potential game-tying catch in the end zone was ruled out of bounds.
Jake Hutzell kicked field goals of 30 and 26 yards in the first quarter, but that is all the offense the Tigers could muster. Quarterback Kolby Whisner was held to just 145 yards on 13-of-31 passing, well below his season average. Grant Goeden ran for 86 yards and caught six passes for 58 yards.
Zach Ostendorf collected a team-high 15 tackles, while Isaac Norton finished with 11 and Darold Baker 10.
The Tigers lost a 23-17 overtime decision at Harlan last season. They are eager for a chance at revenge, and a return to the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season.
A-D-M is 3-1 at home this season, including come-from-behind rallies against Glenwood and C/O-M.
“This is a big game for us, and we’ve had some great games at home this year,” Mike Whisner said. “The team will be ready.”