Last-second field goal keeps Elida undefeated


CELINA — Elida junior Noah Adcock wasn’t even sure he wanted to play football.

But the former soccer player was pulled out to kick this season for the Bulldogs.

Each and every Elida fan is glad he did.

Adcock drilled a 26-yard field goal with no time left on the clock to give Elida a heart-stopping 45-43 victory over Celina on Friday at Celina Stadium.

“I just try to act like it’s a PAT (point after touchdown) every time,” Adcock said. “When I hit it, I thought it was in. It was unbelievable.

“I used to play soccer, but I tore my ACL my freshman year and don’t play anymore. … I didn’t play anything last year (as a sophomore) and wasn’t even going to kick this year, but Cole (Harmon) got me to come out.’’

Elida stands 3-0, 2-0 in the Western Buckeye League. Celina is 1-2, 1-1 in the WBL.

“These boys believed tonight,” Elida coach Bill Speller said. “They believed in me. They believed in their coaches. And these are the types of games that build on a great season. These are the games that help you see how great you can be and make you hungry for more.’’

Celina quarterback Brett Schwieterman hit Dillon Hoying with a 38-yard swing TD pass to bring his team within 42-41 with 1:11 left.

Celina then elected to go for two on the conversion, and Kole Murlin ran it over out of the Wildcat formation to give Celina a 43-42 lead.

Elida still had one final drive left. It took the ball at the Elida 22 with 1:03 to play.

From there, Isaac McAdams marched his team down the field, completing 7 of 8 for 69 yards to take the ball to the Celina 9.

“We just ran our offense,” Speller said. “We worked the sideline a bit, then we hit Dan Unruh up the middle and having those three timeouts was really helpful.’’

With five seconds left, that’s where Adcock set up for his 26-yard, game-winning field goal.

McAdams completed 22 of 35 for 334 yards and four TDs. He also ran for 126 yards on 25 carries.

“We weren’t going down without a fight,” McAdams said. “We knew this game was ours from the start. We had to finish it.’’

Elida’s Daniel Unruh ran for 77 yards on 12 carries.

Harmon had eight catches for 96 yards. He had TD catches of 28 and 90 yards.

For Celina, Murlin had 149 yards on 14 carries. He had TDs of 21, 1 and 26 yards. Kyle Zizleman ran for 107 yards on 16 carries with one TD. Schwieterman had 87 yards on nine carries. In the air, Schwieterman was 9 of 17 for 184 yards and one TD.

It was a wild fourth quarter.

Murlin scored out of the Wildcat on a 26-yard TD to tie the game at 35 with 8:31 left.

McAdams then hit Harmon on a 90-yard TD strike down the left side to give Elida a 42-33 lead with 2:47 to go. As it turned out, this game had plenty of life left.

Elida led 14-0 in the first quarter, but the game was tied at 21 by halftime.

The first quarter was heavy on offense and light on defense.

McAdams led his Elida team down the field through the air. Celina used the ground game behind Murlin to traverse the field.

Elida went 72 yards in 10 plays the first time it touched the ball.

On fourth-and-2, McAdams hit Harmon on a stop-and-go pattern for a 28-yard TD. That gave Elida a quick 7-0 lead.

Elida then went 80 yards in 11 plays to push its lead to 14-0. McAdams hit Daniel Unruh on a 4-yard screen pass for a TD with 2:26 left in the first quarter.

At that point, it looked like Elida would roll.

But back came Celina on the ground.

Celina ground out a 14-play, 80-yard drive, with every play coming on the ground.

Murlin, lining up at quarterback in the Wildcat formation, ran for a 21-yard TD to get Celina within 14-7 with 10:00 left in the first half.

Murlin then got loose for a 68-yard run but was hauled down at the 1. Murlin plowed it over from the 1 to tie the game at 14 with 3:11 left in the first half.

McAdams hit a leaping Devon Barnett for a 40-yard score to give Elida a 21-14 lead with 2:26 left in the half.

Celina came right back and tied the game at 21 on a 7-yard TD run by Hoying. That came with 1:22 left before the half.

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Elida’s Daniel Unruh puts the pressure on Celina Quaterback Brett Schwieterman while he attempts to get the pass off Friday night in Celina. See more photos on LimaScores.com.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2017/09/web1_Elida-Football-8478-1.jpgElida’s Daniel Unruh puts the pressure on Celina Quaterback Brett Schwieterman while he attempts to get the pass off Friday night in Celina. See more photos on LimaScores.com.
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By Tom Usher

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