The head coaches involved in Friday’s game described Perry quarterback Will Whiton as “exceptionally fast” and “gifted.” He certainly was.
Whiton, a junior, ranked ninth in Class 3-A in total yards coming into the game, and he racked up 193 more in a 13-6 District 1 victory over ADM of Adel.
That’s not necessarily an eye-popping total until you consider that his team had a total of 277 in the game, and ADM mustered only 237.
“He is exceptionally fast,” ADM coach Mike Whisner said. “We run against him in track so we know all about him.”
The Tigers came into the game averaging nearly 27 points per contest. But after scoring the first points of this contest, they were stymied by the Perry defense.
ADM (4-4, 3-2) was unable to convert on fourth down and 8 from Perry’s 20-yard line with 1:26 remaining, essentially sealing the win for the Blue Jays (3-5, 2-4).
“The defense was just stout; we had a good game plan for Grant Goeden and Tate Jensen and of course their quarterback,” Whiton said. “We knew if we could shut those guys down we were going to win the game.”
The Perry defense did just that, allowing ADM quarterback Kolby Whisner to complete just 13 of his 33 pass attempts for 145 yards — nearly 100 yards below his season average.
Whisner came into the game as the state’s second-leading passer.
Perry’s defense played well, and the ADM defense was almost as good. It was one run — a 60-yarder by Perry senior Seth Stetzel at the end of the first quarter — that was the difference-maker in the game.
“We never thought Seth Stetzel could outrun their secondary, so that shows you what game speed is versus track speed,” said Perry coach Jason Olejniczak. “It was just great to see him get a 60-yard run; he’s been our leader all year.”
As for Whiton, he considers his style of play emblematic of where the sport is headed.
“I definitely want to emulate (Texas A&M star) Johnny Manziel out on the field; he’s everything I want to be,” said Whiton. “He’s what football is going to be in the future, I definitely take my game from him.”
A–30 yard Hutzell kick
A–26 yard Hutzell kick
P–60 yard Stetzel run (Garcia kick good)
P–22 yard Garcia kick
P–23 yard Garcia kick
Rushing–ADM: Goeden 15-81, Whisner 3-3; Perry: Stetzel 15-82, Whiton 21-79, Wilhelmi 2-1, Jans 1-1.
Passing–ADM: Whisner 13-33-0-145; Perry: Whiton 8-16-0-114.
Receiving–ADM: Goeden 6-62, Jensen 2-35, Joe Sloss 2-29, Reel 2-15 Jacob Sloss 1-4; Perry: Daniels 5-74, Wilhelmi 1-17, Stetzel 1-17, Finn 1-7.