September 17, 2011
ELIDA — Somewhere college football coordinators are sleeping well tonight knowing that Elida quarterback Reggie McAdams has committed to play basketball in college at Akron.
Friday night McAdams completed 24 of 34 passes for 355 yards and four touchdowns to go along with 29 yards rushing and two more scores as the Bulldogs dominated visiting Van Wert by a 43-6 final.
Elida completely controlled both sides of the line of scrimmage in the Western Buckeye League matchup and improved to 3-1, 2-1 in Western Buckeye League play while the Cougars fell to 0-4, 0-3 in the WBL.
McAdams and receiver Austin Etzler hooked up four times on scoring strikes of 27, 27, 18, and 12 yards. The Bulldogs raced to a 27-0 lead at halftime and went out to a 36-0 lead late in the third period before Van Wert tacked on their only score of the game on a Lucas Sullivan 1-yard run midway through the final quarter.
The Bulldogs struggled some with the running game but McAdams was on all night and was able to find open receivers almost at will. Colin Blymeyer led the Elida rushing attack with 69 yards on nine carries.
The only two negatives for the Bulldogs were two interceptions tossed by McAdams and seven penalties for 75 yards.
“We are going to make some mistakes but we must minimize them,” Elida coach Jason Carpenter said. “Skill position to skill position we are pretty good.”
The Elida defense meanwhile was having a pretty good night of their own.
They held the Cougars to seven first down and 93 yards of total offense in the game, mostly due to seven sacks of Cougars quarterback Tyler Williams.
“Our defense held them down rushing tonight and I thought our defense played much better,” Carpenter said. “I told the kids after the game our goal is to try to get every week.”
The Buldogs were led defensively by linebackers Quentin Poling and Mitch Knotts and linemen Amari Gooding and Scott Gross
Van Wert was not surprised by anything the Bulldogs did, they just were unable to stop them.
“There were no surprises, we just didn’t get it done up front,” Van Wert coach Bob Priest said. “Our defense was just on the field too much and they have athletes that are going to hurt you. We have to be able to do a better job on offense to give the defense a rest.”
Elida totaled 21 first downs in the game and compiled 501 yards of total offense.
McAdams found his two favorite receivers, Etzler and Brandon Stinson, early and often. Etzler finished with nine catches for 173 yards and four scores while Stinson ended with five catches good for 91 yards.