|Ada tosses shutout at Grove gridders|
|Saturday, September 14, 2013 12:40 AM|
By DAVE BONINSEGNA
COLUMBUS GROVE — The Columbus Grove Bulldogs were looking to grab their first win of the season on Friday night against Northwest Conference foe Ada.
However, it was apparent from the start Ada had a plan … pass, pass and if that didn’t work, they passed some more.
Ada quarterback Matt Wilcox passed the ball on every single play prom scrimmage in the first half; the only time Ada ran the ball was when Wilcox was running from a Columbus Grove lineman. Wilcox connected on three touchdown passes as the visiting Bulldogs came away with a 20-0 victory.
Blake Ansley caught touchdown passes from 35 and 29 yards out and Spencer Archer hauled one in from 28 yards away to account for the three Ada scores.
The home-team Bulldogs struggled on the offensive side, getting just three first downs in the game and tallying just 59 yards of offense.
The contest was knotted 0-0 after the first 12 minutes of play; not until 5:38 to go in the half did Ada get on the board. Ansley caught a 35-yard pass from Wilcox to make it 6-0 after the missed extra point.
Ada was in prime condition to add to its lead after a botched Columbus Grove punt in their own end zone, getting the ball first-and-10 from the Grove 18, but the visiting Bulldogs were moving in the wrong direction; after a pair of quarterback sacks by Riley Brubaker and Will Selhorst, Ada turned the ball over on downs.
Grove ended the first half with just 15 yards of offense.
Ada got the ball to start the second half and it appeared we would see more of the same as in the first; the teams traded 3-and-outs but Ada found the end zone again on yet another big play.
Archer hauled in a 28-yard reception from Wilcox and with the 2-point conversion complete, it was a 14-0 game with 6:14 left in the third.
The hosts finally got their first first down of the game with 1:27 in the third on a Brubaker run but the drive stalled out.
Columbus Grove held its own with the Ada passing frenzy for the most part as the home-team Bulldogs kept the Ada quarterback on the run.
However, Wilcox delivered to Ansley with 6:56 left in the game for the third and final score as the extra point was blocked, making it a 20-0 contest.
For as many passes and incompletions that the teams had, the game was a quick one; from start to finish, including a 20-minute halftime, it took two hours and six minutes.
Grove falls to 0-3 and 0-2 in the NWC, while Ada stays unbeaten at 3-0 and 2-0.
Columbus Grove visits Lima Central Catholic for a 7:30 p.m. tilt Sept. 21.