By Dave Morrison
Meadow Bridge coach Dwayne Reichard is proud of the shirt he occasionally continues to wear all these years later.
“If it ain’t the Power I, it ain’t football” the back of the t-shirt boldly proclaims, a walking billboard for the old run-heavy offense.
He may need a new shirt now. How about “if it ain’t the spread offense, it ain’t football?”
Meadow Bridge quarterback Dustin Adkins put together what is thought to be a record-setting performance Tuesday night in a 40-14 victory against Van.
Once the home of one of the area’s most potent run attacks, a look at Adkins’ numbers against Van suggests it’s not your dad’s Wildcats, or, even your older brother’s Wildcats.
Adkins was 14 of 19 passing for 285 yards and six touchdowns. The six touchdowns is likely a new school record.
He completed three touchdowns to Tyler Martin covering 19, 32 and 76 yards. Martin caught seven passes for 182 yards in the game.
Hunter Claypool, who is having a solid season as a running back for the 2-2 Wildcats, should his versatility turning both his catches into touchdowns, one from 30 yards out and another from 14.
Ayden Redden had two receptions for 26 yards, one a seven-yard score.
Adkins also completed a pair of 2-point conversion passes to Redden and James McClure.
Claypool also had 119 yards rushing, his first 100-yard game of the season.
Meadow Bridge had 171 yards rushing to go with the 285 passing yards.
Reichard said in the preseason his offense strives for balance, and this season Meadow Bridge has achieved that. While running 61.7 percent of the time, (124-596) But 51.1 percent of the offense is coming through the air (641).
Adkins is 46 of 78 passing for 637 yards and eight touchdowns this season.
Meadow Bridge will be back in action Friday hosting Montcalm.
Here are the stats from the Van game:
Rushing: Hunter Claypool 17-119, Dustin Adkins 3-22, Landon Mullins 4-6, Conner Mullins 1–9, Devon Brown 3-12, Jaden Gladwell 2-3.
Passing: Adkins 14-19 285 yards, 6 TD.
Receiving: Tyler Martin 7-182, 3 TD, Claypool 2-44, 2 TD, Redden 2-26, TD, James McClure 2-29, Rian Cooper 1-4.
Defense: Claypool, 7 tackles, Levi Lester 12 tackles, Tyler Martin 9 tackles, fumble recovery, James McClure 8 tackles, 1 fumble recovery, Ty Roles 7 tackles, Ayden Redden 7 tackles, Landon Mullins 3 tackles, 1 fumble recovery, interception.