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They talked about this team for many years

1919 Ada High School football team
Back row, left to right; Eldred Anspach, Charles Breck, Doc Lones, Carey, Nolan Smith, Fordyce Adam.

Center row: Conrad Poling, the manager, Bud Anspach, Coach Justin McElroy, Herb Greer

Front row: Jack Deming, Walter Matheny, Paul Shanks and Clifford Dixon

By Lee Crouse
The Ada High School 1919 football team was undefeated, but tied one game, their last one with Defiance.

The team that year was a powerhouse on defense, holding every opponent scoreless until that last game.

The Ada team whipped first Findlay, 6-0, then Van Wert 45-0, followed by Bluffton 53-0, Sidney 45-0, Delphos 53-0; Kenton 52-0, and Van Wert again 6-0.

Then along came the final game with Defiance, and a 7-7 score spoiled both their undefeated hopes, as well as their ‘unscored upon’ status.