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ADRIAN – The Adrian football team did not disappoint the Homecoming crowd gathered on Friday, Sept. 15 as the Antelopes culminated a week of activities with a 66-22 1A Special District 2 victory over the visiting Cove Leopards.
The scoring started early as senior quarterback Jace Bateman found senior Ocatvio Bautista for a 20-yard strike with 8 minutes, 27 seconds left in the first quarter. Less than three minutes later, Cove made it look like this was going to be a shootout as Waytt Burgess hauled in a long pass for the score. With the point after no good, Adrian led 8-6.
The remainder of the first half was all Lopes. Junior Colten Bayes answered the Leopards’ score with a 75-yard run, 30 seconds after the Cove touchdown. Bayes picked up his second score of the quarter with less than two minutes left in the period Bautista picked up his second touchdown early in the second quarter. It was Bateman to Bautista for an 11-yard pass and score to end the half with Adrian heading into an extended halftime with a 38-6 margin.
Halftime held all the pomp and circumstance only a small town on a Friday night can possess for a Homecoming celebration-girls with expensive dresses, manicured nails and perfect hair accompanied by sweaty, smelly football players.
The second half saw Adrian coach Billy Wortman cycle in his younger players with the Leopards picking up a few scores as the game went into the “mercy rule”.
“The offensive line did a great job blocking up front,” said Bateman. “This was a big game for us, we wanted to win back on the home field and this team played great together tonight.”
“We are working together towards that goal of a state championship,” Bayes said after the game. “This team knows what needs to be done and we are all after the same goal.”
Footnote: If fans were not watching their vehicles carefully after the game, check the back seat or pickup bed. There is probably a bag of potatoes waiting for you.
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