|Ada gets best of Jefferson once more|
|Friday, November 08, 2013 9:26 PM|
DELPHOS — Ada needed a score with 45 seconds left in the fourth period to beat Jefferson 25-20 in week 9 of the regular season at Stadium Park.
Friday night in Region 22 quarterfinal action back at Stadium Park — matching up these same teams — the Bulldogs (seeded seventh — didn’t need quite the same heroics, at least as late as the first time.
A 100-yard interception return by Ada senior safety Matt Wilcox with 3:12 left gave the Bulldogs enough cushion to hold off a late Wildcat surge and emerge with a 27-22 victory and move on in the tournament with a 8-3 mark.
With Ada leading 22-16 with 7:33 to go in the contest, the Wildcats — behind senior quarterback Austin Jettinghoff (21-of-35 passing, 313 yards; connecting with 7 different receivers) — marched from their own 11 to a 4th-and-4 at the Ada 9 in 11 plays. Jettinghoff was 5-of-9 on the series for 79 yards. However, on the fateful 12th play, he rolled left from the shotgun but his intended receiver slipped; the aerial bounced off his hands and into the waiting arms of Wilcox at the goal line. He tore off down the sideline behind a convoy. He slipped a couple of tacklers and kept going, finishing in the end zone 100 yards away with 3:12 left. The 2-point pass failed as Ada led 27-16.
“That’s what it came down to; we needed to make a couple more plays. Ada did and they deserve the credit; they’re a good team and it sucks someone had to lose tonight,” Jefferson coach Bub Lindeman said.
After the final penalty of the night for the Wildcats (10 for 93) on the kickoff, they had to start at their 24. Jettinghoff was 6-of-7 on the drive for all 76 yards. He connected with junior Jordan McCann (4 catches, 67 yards) three times for 30 yards, including the scoring play: a 13-yarder to the junior in the left side of the end zone where he outjumped the defender for the ball. The 2-point pass failed as Jefferson trailed 27-22 with 1:32 left.
The attempted onside kick went out of bounds at the Ada 48. Jefferson — with two timeouts left — needed a stop but a 12-yard Wilcox run gave the visitors the game-clinching first down.
“We had way too many penalties; we really put ourselves behind the 8-ball with them,” Lindeman continued. “We also had way too many turnovers to beat a team like Ada with the way they can move the ball. We moved the ball well; we just take advantage of the many chances we had.”
Jefferson got on board first. After senior Tyler Mox ran back the opening kickoff 75 yards to set up the Wildcats at the Ada 10, the first of those 10 penalties set them back and forced a 25-yard field goal by junior Kurt Wollenhaupt for a 3-0 lead just 2:06 into the contest.
Ada moved from its 35 to the Jefferson 16 in five plays but a pair of sacks of Wilcox (by senior Isaac Illig and McCann) and a 4-yard completion to Spencer Archer (5 grabs, 49 yards) ended the drive on downs at the 16.
The Wildcats — who outgained their foe 432-335, including 313-231 in the air — appeared set to score again, traveling from there to the Ada 15 for a 1st-and-10 in five plays — helped by an Ada penalty (5 for 37). However, a crucial sack of Jettinghoff and fumble recovery by Luke Long-Green gave the ball to Ada at the 28.
From there, it took the Purple and Gold seven plays to go in front. From the Delphos 30, Wilcox (22-of-28 passing, 231 yards; 5 different receivers) threw down the left hashmark to Archer just behind the defender; he hauled it in at the 10 and finished in the end zone. Jackson Secor added the kick for a 7-3 edge with 57 ticks left in the first period.
The Wildcats once more had a promising drive short-circuited by penalties — two of them for 20 yards — before having to punt away, as did Ada on its next drive.
That left Jefferson to open its next possession at the 8. Despite a holding penalty, they managed to drive the distance in nine plays, including a 57-yard connection from Jettinghoff to senior Ross Thompson (8 catches, 146 yards). At the Ada 7, senior Zavier Buzard (17 totes, 101 yards) took a sweep left and refused to go down, fighting out of two tacklers and battling to the end zone. Wollenhaupt made it 10-7 with 3:24 left in the first half.
Jefferson had a chance to add more distance as junior Trevor Dudgeon picked off a Wilcox aerial and returned it 25 yards to the Ada 48 but the Red and White could do nothing with it and had to punt, effectively ending the half.
Ada opened the second half with a 14-play, 72-yard sojourn. Wilcox was 7-of-8 on the drive for 67 yards, including the finisher: on 4th-and-10 at the Delphos 12, he connected with Austin Dumbaugh (5 catches, 48 yards) over the middle for the tally. Wilcox ran in the 2-pointer for a 15-10 edge with 6:31 showing in the third.
A crucial play on the drive was a 4th-and-1 at the Ada 37, when upback Long-Green — by mere inches — made the first down to the consternation of the home fans.
Jefferson replied — also converting a 4th-and-1 from its 41 on the drive — with a 10-play, 68-yarder. Jettinghoff completed 4-of-5 for 53 yards. However, Buzard had the culminator: a 1-yard plunge over right tackle that saw him leap over the pile at the goal line. However, the conversion pass failed, leaving the Red and White up 16-15 with 2:34 showing in the third canto.
Ada had the reply: a 10-play, 69-yard sequence, aided by two crucial penalties — for 20 yards — on the same play. However, this time all but one — a pass to Blake Ansley (6 catches, 40 yards; 13 rushes, 46 yards) for eight yards — was a rush. Wilcox (18 totes, 48 yards) did it from the Delphos 4, going straight up the middle from the shotgun. Sophomore Josh Teman picked off the 2-pointer as Ada led 22-16 with 10:52 left.
A celebration penalty on the TD forced Ada to kick off from its 25 and Dumbaugh lined it hard at a Delphos front-wall player, hitting him, and the kicker recovered at the Ada 32. However, the visitors could not take advantage and kicked away, setting up the late-game heroics.
“We played hard, no question; I’m proud of the effort we had. We had a slow start the first game but not tonight,” Lindeman added. “We have a lot to be proud of: winning the conference, making the playoffs, getting a home game. That all comes from the leadership this group of 11 seniors showed. It’s tough to see it end.”
The Red and White finish at 9-2.
ADA 27, JEFFERSON 22
Ada 7 0 8 12 - 27
Jefferson 3 7 6 6 - 22
DJ - Kurt Wollenhaupt 25 field goal, 9:54
AD - Spencer Archer 30 pass from Matt Wilcox (Jackson Secor kick), :57
DJ - Zavier Buzard 7 run (Wollenhaupt kick), 3:24
AD - Austin Dumbaugh 12 pass from Wilcox (Wilcox run), 6:31
DJ - Buzard 1 run (pass failed), 2:34
AD - Wilcox 4 run (pass failed), 10:52
AD - Wilcox 100 interception return (pass failed), 3:42
DJ - Jordan McCann 13 pass from Austin Jettinghoff (pass failed), 1:32
First Downs 21 22
Total Yards 335 432
Rushes-Yards 35-104 24-119
Passing Yards 231 313
Comps.-Atts. 22-28 21-35
Intercepted by 1 1
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 3-2
Penalties-Yards 5-37 10-93
Punts-Aver. 2-33.5 2-34
RUSHING: Matt Wilcox 18-48, Blake Ansley 13-46, Austin Dumbaugh 3-9, Luke Long-Green 1-1.
PASSING: Wilcox 22-28-231-1-2.
RECEIVING: Ansley 6-40, Spencer Archer 5-49, Austin Dumbaugh 5-48, Owen Conley 4-48, Hunter Waller 2-36.
RUSHING: Zavier Buzard 17-101, Austin Jettinghoff 6-17, Ross Thompson 1-1.
PASSING: Jettinghoff 21-35-313-1-1.
RECEIVING: Thompson 8-146, Tyler Mox 5-56, Jordan McCann 4-67, Buzard 1-18, Josh Teman 1-11, Trevor Dudgeon 1-8, Joe Gorman 1-7.