QB Zac Dysert (6-4, 190, sr.), WR Kyle Baker (6-2, 180, jr.), WR Nate Vermillion (6-1, 170, sr.), MLB Justin Stransky (6-2, 200, jr.), OLB Ron Gryzbowski (6-0, 185, sr.), DE Nick Numbers (6-4, 235, sr.)
2006 Record: 7-4
Anyone driving through Hardin County this fall should watch out for footballs falling from the sky. Ada High School is going to be putting a lot of them up there.
Returning arguably the best passing attack in the state, the Bulldogs are a serious threat to not only make their third playoff appearance in history, but also win the school’s first state title.
“We have the state offensive player of the year back and we’ve talked about winning the league and making the playoffs,” head coach Micah Fell said. “Ultimately everyone’s goal is to play 15 games.”
That could be a reality for Ada.
The excitement begins with senior quarterback Zac Dysert.
Rated among the state’s top prospects regardless of division, Dysert is a four-year starter who already owns school records for attempts (941), completions (559), yards (7,460) and touchdowns (65). Last year en route to earning the state’s offensive player of the year award, Dysert was 293-of-448 for 3,832 yards and 31 TDs. Thus far he’s received 10 scholarship offers (Miami, Toledo, Bowling Green, Akron, Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Ohio, Cincinnati, Ball State and Troy) and interest from Purdue and Michigan State.
“I thought Zach would be a hot commodity going in, but that’s been proven out,” Fell said.
Something else that’s been proven is Ada’s ability to score points in its one-back, no huddle, spread offense. Last year the Bulldogs averaged 35.8 points per game and scored over 40 five times.
Expect the trend to continue.
In addition to Dysert, Ada returns a receiving corps that accounted for 27 TDs a year ago. Sophomore Heath Jackson was first-team All-Ohio last season after catching 123 passes for 1,475 yards and seven TDs but has moved to South Carolina and will not been suiting up for the Bulldogs this season. Junior Kyle Baker added 73 catches for 1,150 yards and 11 TDs, while senior Nate Vermillion had 35 receptions for 656 yards and nine TDs. All three are 6-foot-1 or taller and play basketball.
The lone holes on offense are along the line, where four starters graduated.
“We lose the majority of our line, but we feel like we can develop some solid players there,” Fell said. “Linemen in our system aren’t asked to do much, just pass block for the most part.”
Defensively, Ada will look to shore up a unit that surrendered 24 points per game.
“The thing with our offense is we score quickly and end up playing a lot of defense,” Fell said. “We’ll go on 8-9 play drives that take 1:30. We have to be better defensively.”
The Bulldogs should be with the return of their top two tacklers in junior Justin Stransky (95 tackles) and senior Ron Gryzbowski (75). Both are linebackers.
Ada’s schedule isn’t any easy one, and if the Bulldogs make the postseason they will have earned it. Five of Ada’s opponents were in the playoffs last year (Dola Hardin Northern, Spencerville, Columbus Grove, Lafayette Allen East and Lima Central Catholic) and up-and-comer Fort Loramie replaces Upper Scioto Valley.
The Bulldogs face a stern test in Week One when they have to play at Hardin County rival Hardin Northern. The Polar Bears beat the Bulldogs 67-38 in the opener last year and doused them again in the first round of the playoffs 21-14.
Said Fell: “The keys are staying healthy – because we’ll play 6-7 guys both ways – and improving on defense.”
Ada 2007 Schedule
|8/24/2007||@ Dola Hardin Northern||6|
|10/5/2007||@ Convoy Crestview||6|
|10/12/2007||Lafayette Allen East||6|
|10/19/2007||@ Delphos Jefferson||5|
|10/27/2007||@ Lima Central Catholic||5|
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