ELIDA – It hasn’t been easy for Elida to close out football games this season.
The Bulldogs have painfully watched some games slip away down the stretch.
However, there was no letdown in Friday’s Western Buckeye League matchup with crosstown-rival Bath.
Elida jumped out quickly on Bath and never let up, en route to a convincing 35-7 victory at Kraft Stadium.
Elida’s offense rolled up 362 yards. On defense, the Bulldogs (3-6, 3-5 WBL) were stellar, holding the Wildcats (4-5, 4-4) to 101 total offensive yards.
“They’re picking up the (defensive) scheme,” Elida coach Jason Carpenter said. “Due to some injuries, we made some changes and our kids are picking it up really well. I can’t be any prouder of our defense.”
Elida quarterback Logan Alexander has been the workhorse all season. Against Bath, Alexander rushed for 115 yards on 24 carries with a touchdown.
Alexander completed 7 of 20 pass attempts for 149 yards and a TD. Alexander’s lone TD pass was a 6-yard strike to Christian Moran (three catches, 58 yards).
Clark Etzler caught three of Alexander’s passes for 91 yards.
Etzler also got the hand-off from Alexander on two different occasions and went to the air. The first pass from Etzler went for a 23-yard scoring strike to Brian Upshaw, giving Elida the early 7-0 lead.
Desmend White had the other two Elida scores, coming out of the backfield. White had second-half TD runs of 2 and 4 yards.
For Bath, Chase Clark rushed for 40 yards on 11 carries. Quarterback Cam Jenkins had the lone TD run for Bath — a 10-yard scamper in the second quarter that tied the game 7-7.
“Offensively, we were just off course all night,” Bath coach Bill Garland said. “We just couldn’t get anything going. We didn’t give our quarterback a good chance to throw the football (Jenkins, 5-of-15 for 28 yards).
“I’ve always said that our offense starts with running the football. And we couldn’t do that tonight.”