By Cort Reynolds

Ada Herald writer

BLUFFTON - For the second time in three weeks, an Ada football game was

suspended due to severe weather near the midway point with the Bulldogs

holding a big lead.

On Friday at Bluffton's Harmon Field, Ada raced to a 28-0 advantage after

just eight minutes and was leading the Pirates 33-14 early in the third

period when play was halted by lightning and persistent rain.

The game will be resumed at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Ada senior back Kellen Decker had already unofficially amassed 226 yards

rushing on only 10 carries, including three long TD runs. He was thus

unofficially 86 yards from breaking the school single-game rushing mark of

311 yards when play stopped.

Decker began his barrage when he scored 43 seconds into the game on a

42-yard run. Micah Roberson then provided the second Ada score just 61

seconds later on an interception return for a 14-0 lead.

After a 70-yard Decker scoring scamper, Roberson tallied again on a

27-yard pass play from Mason Acheson for a 27-0 bulge.

Bluffton eventually scored on a 33-yard Zack Wilson run with 8:24 to go in

the second stanza. But Decker answered on the very next play from

scrimmage with a 62-yard TD rumble to make it 33-7 at intermission.

On just the second play from scrimmage in the third quarter, Bluffton

found the end zone again on a 61-yard pass from R.J. Stratton to Levi


Following an Ada punt, play was stopped with the Bulldogs ahead 33-14 and

under 10 minutes remaining in the period.

Two weeks ago, Ada led Columbus Grove 28-6 in the second period when

multiple lightning strikes halted play. When the game resumed the next

night, the Bulldogs went on to win 55-21.

Ada is 4-0 (2-0 NWC) and Bluffton is 2-2 (1-1 NWC). The Bulldogs are

ranked fourth in the latest Div. VI AP poll, and are third in the Div. VI,

Region 24 computer rankings.