Ada bombs Toledo Christian behind Jackson barrage
Saturday, September 19, 2009 2:51 AM
SPRINGFIELD - Ada senior Heath Jackson was everywhere Friday night, leading the Bulldogs to a 77-24 blowout win at non-league foe Toledo Christian.
The receiver/defensive back unofficially set a school single-game record for pass reception yardage with 329. He caught four touchdown passes and also picked off two aerials for good measure, all in the first half.
Ada rolled to a 28-0 first period lead before the Eagles, who came in averaging almost 50 points a game, tallied 17 unanswered points. The Bulldogs then ripped off three more touchdowns in a row to seize control and rumble to intermission comfortably ahead 49-17.
Ada tacked on four more scores in the second half to provide the final margin of victory. Seven different players scored touchdowns for the 'Dogs as they took advantage of the artificial surface with their speed.
The Bulldogs improved to 4-0 overall with their 14th straight regular season victory, while TC dropped to 2-2.
Ada senior quarterback Mitchell Faine tossed six TD passes and ran for another score to spearhead the offensive onslaught.
Three first-half interceptions helped set up scores by the unbeaten Bulldogs. On Christian's first possession, Ty Jolliff deflected a long pass and Konnor Baker picked it off at the Ada 22. The Bulldogs then scurried 78 yards to paydirt in just four plays. Jackson caught passes of 20 and 33 yards to ignite the drive, and he capped it with a 15-yard catch and carry TD.
After the Eagles drove into Ada territory, linebacker Matt McBride intercepted an errant aerial and returned it all the way to the TC 17-yard line.
On the next play Baker made a leaping catch in the corner of the end zone for a 14-0 lead with 7:38 still left in the opening stanza.
A 10-yard tackle for loss by Alex Weber on the ensuing TC possession blew up that drive, and Ada responded by covering 62 yards in eight plays to score again in just 54 seconds. Faine capped the quick drive by scoring on a one-yard keeper TD run.
Austin Everhart's third of nine straight successful PAT boots made it 21-0 Bulldogs with 4:35 still to go in the first quarter.
A pair of sacks by blitzing Bulldog linebacker Aaron Weyer thwarted the next Eagle possession to prompt another three-and-out series.
Jackson caught a 30-yard rollout pass from Faine, broke some tackles and scored again on another big-play TD moments later for a 28-0 bulge with 2:28 remaining in the first period.
TC finally got its offense untracked with a 40-yard pass, and after a fourth down pass interference call kept the drive alive, the Eagles scored on a TD pass with a minute left in the lengthy opening quarter to pull within 28-7.
Ada was finally stopped on its next drive, but only when Weber's run on a fourth down fake punt was negated by holding.
The Eagles then drove down to the Bulldog eight, but the drive stalled and they settled for a 25-yard field goal with 9:32 left in the first half to cut the deficit to 28-10.
A 49-yard pass to Jackson could not get Ada on the board again on its next drive, which came up short on an fourth down and 18 incompletion. The Eagles responded with a 78-yard TD catch and carry to make it a game, albeit briefly, at 28-17 7:31 before the band shows.
Jackson's 40-yard return on the ensuing kickoff gave Ada the ball in Eagle territory. Seconds later he hauled in a Faine pass, made a good move and outran the defense to the corner for another TD and a 35-17 bulge with 6:10 still to go in the half.
Four plays later, Jackson intercepted a pass and the Bulldogs took over on the TC 38. Five plays later, Tyler Simmons scored on a one-yard plunge up the middle to make it 42-17 at the 3:57 mark.
After the defense stuffed the Eagles again, a good Jackson punt return gave Ada the ball at midfield. McBride came up with a 32-yard pass reception and then Jackson scored on a 15-yard pass from Faine to make it 49-17 at the 1:40 juncture.
Jackson then intercepted another pass and returned it to the TC 17 with 28 seconds left in the half. But the second stanza ended before Ada could score again.
The stingy Bulldog defense held the Eagles to negative 17 yards rushing in the first half, and the potent offense hit paydirt on seven of its nine possessions.
Ada picked up right where it left off to start the second half. Weber ignited an 80-yard scoring drive with two runs totaling 24 yards, and Jackson hauled in a 40-yard pass. Three plays later, McBride scored on a four-yard toss from Faine just 2:22 into the third quarter for a 56-17 cushion.
TC responded quickly with a long QB keeper all the way down to the Ada four-yard line. After a loss of six, they scored a 10-yard TD to pull within 56-24 at the 8:12 mark.
Simmons jump-started the ensuing 82-yard Bulldog scoring jaunt with runs of 16 and 10 yards. Jackson made a fine catch and broke multiple tackles down to the TC six. Simmons then scored his second TD of the night on a six-yard run up the gut to make it 63-24 at the 6:15 juncture.
Another Weyer sack stopped the next Eagle drive on a risky fourth and four, and Ada took over at the TC 39. Two Simmons runs reached the 20, and a Weber reverse netted six yards. Two plays later, Weber scored on a nine-yard run with 2:05 left in the quarter to make it 70-24.
After TC was stopped again on fourth down deep in its own territory, Ada got the ball at the Eagle 20. Konnor Baker, now in at QB, scampered 12 yards as the period ended. But the host defense held at the eight when Baker went out with a possible pulled muscle.
Another sack gave the 'Dogs good field position again at the Eagle 39 following a punt. Determined freshman back Kellen Decker covered all the yardage on five straight runs, capped by his five-yard TD rumble that mercifully finished the scoring with 8:20 left at 77-24.
Notes and stats
Jackson netted 329 yards in passing yardage on 13 catches. He now has 44 receptions for 761 yards and seven TDs this season. Faine's six scoring passes now give him 16, and he has already surpassed 1,500 yards less than halfway through the campaign.
The Bulldogs have won 19 of their past 21 games overall. They have outscored the opposition by a combined total of 233-66 this season. Ada averages 58.3 ppg and allows 16.5.
1 2 3 4 F
Ada 28 21 21 7 77
TC 7 10 7 0 24
Ada hosts Bluffton for Homecoming Fri.
The Bulldogs (2-0 NWC) continue defense of their Northwest Conference title Friday at home vs. Bluffton Friday at 7:30 p.m. on Homecoming. The Pirates beat Crestview 21-7 in week four to improve to 2-2 overall (1-1 NWC).