OTTAWA — Elida quarterback Reggie McAdams gets all of the headlines and highlights, and rightfully so, but ask coach Jason Carpenter how to stop the Bulldogs and a different name pops up.
To hold up Elida, you have to contain running back Colin Blymyer.
Blymyer was again the key to another Elida victory, this one a mildly shocking 37-7 at Ottawa-Glandorf in Western Buckeye League play Friday. The 5-foot-6, 165-pound junior rushed for 144 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries.
“We rush for over 150 yards, we’re now 4-0,” Carpenter said. “It’s no secret that’s what you have to do to stop us.”
McAdams wasn’t a slouch by any measure, though. The 6-5 junior completed 16-of-20 passes for 270 yards, three TDs and no interceptions.
He found Austin Etzler five times for 129 yards and a 57-yard TD late in the first quarter. Rikki Le caught another five passes for 94 yards and a 5-yard score in the third.
“That Reggie-Etzler connection is getting better and better every week,” Carpenter said. “It’s also nice that our other receivers are stepping up. Rikki Le is making some plays, and it’s nice to have Kevin Kraft out there. … Our wide receivers are back to making plays like I know they can.”
The Bulldogs (4-2, 3-2 WBL) scored on the first possession of the game, marching 78 yards in nine plays and using nearly four minutes. At the end, McAdams found Kevin Kraft on an 11-yard TD pass.
Two possessions later, McAdams rolled far left and threw across his body to the right hash marks, finding a wide-open Etzler streaking down the field. The Bulldogs ended the first quarter up 14-0.
“They’ve got ways of spreading you around, their quarterback makes great decisions and their running back is pretty tough,” O-G coach Ken Schriner said. “We struggled to get anything going. … To get consistency going and move the ball downfield, get points on the board, that’s a struggle.”
A pair of scores in the third blew open the game. In addition to McAdams’ pass to Le, Blymyer scored his first TD with 44 seconds left in the quarter.
The only scoring in the fourth came on a safety when Ian Dukehart sacked Caleb Siefker with 2 minutes, 36 seconds to play. It was one of Dukehart’s three sacks on the night.
“Ian played great. He’s had a couple of tough weeks, but now he’s back to where he can play again,” Carpenter said. “He’s always going to give you great effort, now he’s starting to read down blocks and do his job.”
The Titans (4-2, 3-2 WBL) were behind the eight ball from the beginning, playing without the services of a number of starters, including their starting offensive backfield. It left sophomores Siefker and Tristan Parker to take over.
“We prepared all week just in case they were there, we didn’t know what was going on and we didn’t care,” Carpenter said. “Once you saw (Siefker) was in there, you have to make the sophomore quarterback throw the ball as much as possible.”
Siefker threw for 108 yards and O-G’s only TD to Matt Peck, and Parker rushed 20 times for 111 yards. The Titans accumulated 240 total yards to 452 for Elida.
“I’m proud of the way our kids played. Our kids on the field battled their tails off, and it’s what we asked of them,” Schriner said. “We’re going to go on from there. … Good things are coming. We learned a lesson.”