Faine’s return has Ada aiming high; Bulldogs state title contenders?

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Ada Bulldogs

The Bulldogs have quickly become one of D-VI’s top programs. Ada has
been to the playoffs three years in a row and has state semifinal
(2007) and regional final (last year) appearances to its credit. Expect
another solid run this season with 12 starters back (six on each side
of the ball).


Ada (12-1)

* Players to Watch – QB Mitchell Faine (6-4, 200, Sr.); WR/DB Heath Jackson (6-1, 175, Sr.); WR/DB Alex Weber (6-1, 185, Jr.); WR/LB Matt McBride (6-2, 205, Sr.); OG Zach Gibson (6-2, 240, Sr.); OT Aaron Jenkins (6-2, 245, Jr.); LB Aaron Weyer (6-0, 195, Jr.); DT Tanner Craig (6-0, 190, Jr.); DT Robert Guyton (6-2, 245, Jr.)

* Outlook –
The Bulldogs have quickly become one of D-VI’s top programs. Ada has been to the playoffs three years in a row and has state semifinal (2007) and regional final (last year) appearances to its credit. Expect another solid run this season with 12 starters back (six on each side of the ball). The Bulldogs averaged 41 points per game last year and allowed just 13.

Faine is one of the state’s most talented QBs regardless of division and returns after throwing for 3,846 yards and 37 TDs last season. A second-team All-Ohio selection, Faine also rushed for 650 yards and 16 TDs.

Jackson (74 receptions, 1,068 yards, 10 TDs), Weber (46 receptions, 543 yards, six TDs) and McBride (28 receptions, 400 yards, three TDs) provide a solid stable of receivers.

Defensively, Weyer and McBride are the top returning tacklers (each had 70 last season). Weyer also had nine tackles-for-loss and four sacks, while McBride had a team-high four interceptions.

“The offense has a good nucleus back with (Faine) and three of the top four receivers back,” head coach Mike Fell said. “We will need to find three offensive linemen and a running back. The defense is made up of good athletes, but we need to find some new leadership.”

Toledo Christian replaces Fort Loramie on the schedule and Fell circled a Week 10 match-up with Lima Central Catholic as key.

Schedule

8/28 @ HARDIN NORTHERN (DOLA)    
9/4 SPENCERVILLE
9/11 COLUMBUS GROVE
9/18 @ TOLEDO CHRISTIAN (TOLEDO)    
9/25 BLUFFTON
10/2 @ PAULDING
10/9 @ CRESTVIEW (CONVOY)        
10/16 ALLEN EAST
10/23 @ JEFFERSON (DELPHOS)        
10/31 @ LIMA CENTRAL CATHOLIC

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