Crestview senior Wade Sheets stiff-arms Bulldogs defender during NWC match-up. (DHI Media/ Cort Reynolds)
Crestview senior Wade Sheets stiff-arms Bulldogs defender during NWC match-up. (DHI Media/ Cort Reynolds)
ADA - Visiting Crestview exploded for 51 first-half points and went on to defeat Ada 53-14 in a muddy Northwest Conference game at War Memorial Stadium Friday evening.

Ada fell to 2-5 and 1-3 in league play with their third straight league loss, while Crestview improved to 6-1 and 3-1 in the NWC.

With the victory, the Knights move into a four-way tie for first place in the league with Spencerville, Columbus Grove and Allen East.

“It’s disappointing but all credit goes to Crestview,” said Ada first-year head coach Shawn Christopher. “Their athletes made plays and we didn’t.”

Leading the league in points and yards per game, the explosive Knights scored on all seven of their offensive possessions in the first half behind a crisp, balanced offense.

Quarterback Drew Kline ran for three scores and threw for another to lead the attack. Crestview also scored on an interception return to build a 51-7 halftime cushion.

The Knights started the onslaught with a six-yard touchdown run by the athletic Kline just 2:01 into the contest. The extra point kick made it 7-0.

Logan Gerardot then intercepted a Phillip Coulson pass and returned it to the Ada 23 to set up the second Knight TD. Two plays later, Kline scrambled left 15 yards to reach paydirt at the 6:53 mark to make it 13-0 after the missed PAT kick.

A good punt return by Caylib Pruett and a penalty on Ada set Crestview up at the Ada 40 to start the next drive. A wide-open Landin Burch snagged a Kline pass over the middle for 32 yards to the Ada eight.

Brody Brecht then bulled three yards up the middle for a third TD at the 4:37 mark to extend the lead to 20-0 after the extra point kick, and the outcome was never in doubt.

The Knights started the next possession on their own 29. Griffin Painter hauled in a 36-yard aerial from Kline to ignite a 71-yard scoring march.

Six plays later, Kline ran it into the end zone from six yards out as time expired in the first period. The point after kick advanced the lead to 27-0.

Wade Sheets intercepted a second down Ada pass and returned it 20 yards to paydirt with 11 minutes left in the half to run the margin to 33-0. The PAT kick was blocked.

Ada got on the board when Brad Clum hauled in a long Coulson pass at the Knight 40 and outran the defense to paydirt to complete an 84-yard catch and carry TD.

Ty Miller’s extra point kick cut the deficit to 33-7 at the 9:59 mark.

Crestview took over on its own 35 and quickly drove 65 yards to score again. The stocky Brecht broke several tackles on a determined run, and rumbled 51 yards all the way to the Bulldog 13.

Two plays later, Pruett took a pitch out and scored on a five-yard TD scamper. The PAT was blocked again to keep the margin at 39-7.

Ada drove into Knight territory on the OVERSET FOLLOWS:next possession, but the march stalled. On fourth and four a pass fell incomplete to turn it over on downs at the Knight 45.

Pruett pulled down a 21-yard pass, followed by a 21-yard jet sweep from Jordan Perrott. On fourth and eight, Kline connected with Javin Etzler for a 22-yard TD reception with 4:42 left in the half.

The extra point missed and the score remained 45-7.

Ada fumbled on its own 47 to give the Knights good field position again moments later. A 28-yard run by Gerardot was followed by a 19-yard scoring scamper from Perrott at the 3:44 juncture for a 51-7 Knight lead.

The second half featured a running clock. Ada drove 50 yards to score on the first possession of the third period. In his first game back in a month after hip and shoulder injuries, sophomore Brandon Hull sparked the drive via a 10-yard run.

Daniel Mattson hauled in a 12-yard pass from Coulson, followed by an 18-yard pass to Zac Swaney.

The shifty Hull then scored on a seven-yard TD run with 8:23 to go in the third. Miller’s second PAT kick cut the deficit to 51-14.

“I thought Brandon Hull had a nice game in a new running back role,” said Christopher.

Ada stopped Crestview on the next possession for the first time all game. The Bulldogs were then forced to punt, but the kick was muffed and Ada’s Logan Conrad recovered at the Crestview 49.

Bulldog wide out Kyle Zimmerly hauled in a 23-yard pass from freshman Cayden Murphy. But Ada then fumbled the ball back to the Knights as the third quarter ended.

Crestview then drove all the way to the Ada one-yard line. But on fourth down, a Parrett sweep was stopped by Trent Ennis for a loss of three.

However, on the next play a bad Ada snap out of play caused a safety for a 53-14 lead.

On the ensuing Miller free kick that died in the mud, Ada’s Luke Westover recovered the loose pigskin and returned it to the Knight 31.

But the snap was fumbled, recovered, followed by yet another fumble on the same play which the Knights fell on at their own 42 to end the last scoring threat.