Adrian storms to easy victory

ADRIAN -- The rain, lightning and thunder stopped just before game time, but from the opening kickoff the Adrian Dragons created some thunder of their own -- defeating the visiting Fulda Raiders 40-0 Friday night in a Little Sioux Conference tilt.

ADRIAN -- The rain, lightning and thunder stopped just before game time, but from the opening kickoff the Adrian Dragons created some thunder of their own -- defeating the visiting Fulda Raiders 40-0 Friday night in a Little Sioux Conference tilt.

With the victory, the Dragons remain perfect for the season at 3-0, while the loss drops the Raiders to 0-3.

Adrian senior quarterback Cody Kontz connected on 7-of-11 passes for 115 yards and three touchdowns. Kontz's main target was senior wide receiver Tyler Wagner, who caught three passes for 65 yards and two scores. Brandon Diekmann also caught a Kontz pass for a 27-yard TD.

On the night, Adrian's offense rolled to 469 total yards against 60 by the Raiders.

Dragon sophomore running back Jesse Brake rushed for 67 yards on 11 carries, scoring a touchdown in both the first and second quarters. Junior running back Joey Bertrand was the top rusher for Adrian, garnering 76 yards on 12 carries, while Glen Kruger gained 61 yards on seven rushes.


Freshman quarterback Brett Nowotny came in relief of Kontz in the fourth quarter and scored on an 11-yard touchdown run, while sophomore running back Tony Thier gained 53 yards on five carries in the closing seven minutes.

While the game was expected to be a lopsided affair, the Raiders held their own in the first quarter -- allowing the Dragons a single touchdown on their opening drive.

Beginning at its own 43, Adrian jumped right out of the blocks with Bertrand sweeping around the right side for 14 yards. Brake followed with a similar effort up the middle and the Dragons quickly had their second of 18 first downs on the night.

Four plays later, Brake punched it in from five yards out to give the Dragons a 6-0 advantage three minutes and 15 seconds into the contest. Adam Diekmann's PAT attempt was wide right and the Raiders lined up for their first offensive possession of the game.

Fulda quickly gained 12 yards and a first down as quarterback Miguel Lavoie and running back Alex Hein each picked up six on the ground. But the Dragon defense shut down the drive and the Raiders had to punt with six minutes remaining in the first quarter.

"You have to give Fulda some credit," Adrian head coach Randy Strand said. "They played a real good game for themselves."

Adrian got back on its horse and moved the ball 52 yards, down to the Fulda 19-yard line -- looking for another score. But Kontz, who had dropped back to pass, was sacked by senior lineman Will Steinmetz for a loss of 11. Steinmetz crunched Kontz again on the next play, and junior Tom Kuhl recovered for the Raiders as time ran out in the opening period.

Adrian returned the favor to open the second period and then took control of the game.


The Dragons moved the ball 48 yards with the final six coming from Brake, who busted loose around the right side for the score. A fake kick was converted into two points as Kontz hit Wagner in the end zone to give the Dragons a 14-0 lead with 7:50 left in the half.

Adrian senior lineman Will Lutmer stopped the ensuing Raider drive as he blocked a Lavoie punt, setting the Dragons up with great field position. The Dragons wasted no time in getting the ball into the end zone as Kontz hit Wagner on a post from the left for a 24-yard TD -- giving Adrian a commanding 21-0 lead.

Kontz would again team up with Wagner with 26 seconds remaining, this time from 10 yards out -- lifting the Dragons to a 27-0 advantage at the intermission.

"It was a real team effort tonight," Wagner said. "The line did a great job protecting Cody all night -- giving him time to pass."

The air attack continued to work for the Dragons in the third quarter. On first-and-10 from the Fulda 27, Kontz hit Brandon Diekmann out on the left flat. The 225-pound back turned the corner and powered his way to the goal line to give the Dragons a 34-0 lead with 4:48 left in the quarter.

"We really brought it together in the second half," Kontz said. "Everyone on the line did a fantastic job."

Nowotny would finish the scoring with 2:37 left in the contest on an 11-yard scamper around the left side. The run was set up by the punishing runs of Thier.

"Adrian just didn't let us do a lot of things offensively, they're very physical." Fulda head coach Brad Holinka said. "But I was real happy with the way we hung in there."


Adrian visits Canby next Friday, while Fulda hosts R-T-R.

Fulda 0 0 0 0 -- 0

Adrian 6 21 7 6 -- 40

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