The Adrian College football team certainly did not expect to start 0-2 on the year. But after two tough games against Heidelberg and Hanover, that is exactly where the Bulldogs found themselves.
Needing to head in a different direction, Adrian found itself ready to host the Panthers of Greenville on Saturday, September 18. The team needed a new type of energy after falling short at the start of the season. Luckily for AC, the Merillat parking lot was filled with current and former Bulldogs partaking in all of the homecoming weekend festivities. From 8 am until kickoff, the vibes of Adrian were unchained; the Bulldog offense kept it going, hanging 41 on the Panthers.
Adrian knew it was going to be a special day at the 3:55 mark of the first quarter. Sophomore Tyrelle Denner kept his eyes locked on the quarterback, Butterfield, as he entered scramble mood. Butterfield loaded up to fire, and Denner pounced on the panthers, jumping the route Denner went 41 yards untouched to the house. The pick-six put the Bulldogs up by two scores, and they did not look back.
In the backfield, the Bulldogs were led by senior Steven Moses on the ground. He carried the rock 28 times for 187 yards as well as two touchdowns. Through the air Senior quarterback, Jack Wurzer was 14 for 19 with 153 yards and two touchdowns as well.
Talking to the media after the game Moses said, “It was just about punching them in the mouth and getting our offense started.”
The offensive explosion allowed the Bulldog’s defense to stay relaxed and play to their strengths. It was a long week of practice to get the game plan just right for defensive coordinator Eric Tyahla.
“We did just enough to take away their strengths and win a football game.”
The Panther offense, pass-heavy to begin with, was forced to go to it more than they wanted to. Chase Butterfield was 19 for 31 slinging the ball for 234 yards and 2 touchdowns. Even with the great production, it only amounted to 28 points.
Butterfield, as mentioned earlier, did throw an interception that led to a pick-six, but in the 4th quarter on the final chance for Greenville, a fourth-and-7 from the Adrian 46-yard line, Butterfield was intercepted and once again it was Tyrelle Denner. The sealer gave Adrian the ball back with plenty of room and time to ice the game.
After another successful homecoming on the campus of Adrian College, the Bulldogs are able to improve to 1-2 on the year while the Panthers fall to 2-1. Adrian has one more tune-up game before the start of MIAA play in 2 weeks. Adrian will make the nearly 12-hour long bus ride up to Hancock, Michigan to take on the Lions of Finlandia University. That game is scheduled for September, 25 at noon, you can listen to the game on ACTV or WVAC 107.9 FM.