LIMA — Every time you looked up, there was Ada’s Chase Sumner.
When the special mention all-state defensive back wasn’t making a fillings-loosening tackle, he was grabbing a reception and running for big yards.
Sumner did plenty of damage on both sides of the ball in Ada’s 35-13 victory over Lima Central Catholic on Saturday afternoon at Spartan Stadium.
LCC is 0-3, while Ada is 2-1.
Sumner had 82 tackles and seven interceptions last year as a sophomore. And while he had seven tackles Saturday, he also had personal bests with 14 receptions for 174 yards and two TDs.
He had TD receptions of 21 and 12 yards.
“He’s good on both sides and he’s good on special teams,” Ada coach Bob Olwin said of Sumner. “He’s an intelligent player.’’
Sumner said, “I thought it (defense) was (my strength), but I guess it changed this year.”
Ada quarterback Seth Conley made all the throws in the Bulldogs’ five-wide attack. He completed 26 of 36 for 317 yards and three TDs.
The junior Conley threw for 2,400 yards as a freshman, but missed most of last year after suffering a broken right throwing arm.
“He’s worked so hard and benched 325,” Olwin said of Conley. “His upper body is way thicker. And he’s real accurate.”
Added Sumner, “If he (Conley) gets blocks, he’s accurate. And if he has time, he’s dead on.”
Ada led 21-7 at the half and built its lead to 35-7 until LCC scored with less than a minute to play.
“They have a lot of athletes and they throw the ball well,” LCC coach Scott Palte said. “We didn’t make enough plays. We are really struggling on offense right now. We’re not blocking anybody. And give them credit. They played a good game.”
The Bulldogs controlled both lines of scrimmage and gave LCC quarterback Brendan Stolly little time to throw. They sacked him four times, including twice by Ethan Swaney.
Stolly ended up completing 10 of 19 passes for 151 yards with one TD. But he was picked off three times, twice by Swaney.
Ada’s defense also held LCC to 24 yards rushing.
“We wanted to contain their quarterback because he could run and we wanted to stay over the top on No. 12 (Thomas Williams), because he can make plays.”
Sumner and the rest of the Ada secondary held Williams to one catch for 12 yards.
But the dominating player was Sumner, with his tackles and deflections.
And, offensively, he’s a lot more a focal point of the passing game this year.
Of his 14 catches, eight went for more than 10 yards. He had three for more than 20 (32, 21, 26), often faking out several defenders before heading downfield after the catch.
Conley’s 37-yard TD pass to Mason Klingler on a post gave Ada a 7-0 lead with 10:18 left in the second quarter.
Swaney then picked off a Stolly pass at the LCC 25 and returned it to the 21.
On the very next play, Conley hit Sumner down the seam for a 21-yard TD to make it 14-0 with 8:47 left in the second quarter.
LCC got within 14-7 when Stolly hit Jovon Robinson on a quick square out and Robinson took off for an 89-yard TD with 6:52 left in the second.
Conley’s 16-yard TD run pushed the Ada lead to 21-7 with 3:19 before the half.
Klingler’s 4-yard TD run gave Ada a 28-7 lead with 5:11 left in the third.
Ada lost its punter/wide receiver/linebacker Trent Jolliff for the game when he injured both ankles returning the opening kickoff.
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