The buildup before this week’s game between Adair and Butler counties was one for the ages. Both teams were coming off a loss and looking to get their season back on track. The fact that this was a homecoming game for the Indians just made it all the more important that they played their best ball of the year.
The story of the game stayed consistent throughout and on the offensive side of the ball. It was quarterback Lane Grant running all over the Bears’ defense. Although Grant was only able to achieve four complete passes for 36 yards in the air, he was able to generate a timely touchdown to Solomon Stonebraker. On the ground, Grant rushed for 224 yards on eight attempts and three touchdowns. These numbers from Grant are some of the best ever seen in Adair County High School football, and he shows no sign of stopping soon.
Defensively it was an all-around team effort as many players finished with numerous tackles. The two players that particularly stood out were Timothy Streeval and Deshawn Crowdus. The hard-hitting linebacker duo accumulated 25 total tackles and were causing havoc for the Bears all night long. Defensive back Aiden Smith was also able to get two interceptions, which set the Indians’ offensive up for success. When asked about his takeaways, Smith said, “I’m lucky to have guys around me that put me in positions to make those plays. If it wasn’t for the pressure from the line, or the coverage from my other backs, then I would’ve never been able to make those plays.”
This 33-13 win has put the Indians back on track to continue their impressive season, and Indians’ fans have much to look forward to in coming games. Next week the Indians take on McCreary Central away. This is a must win for the Indians as they attempt to round out their season a good note.
By Trenton Page
This article was printed in the October 19, 2023 issue.