Like his brother Tom, Adolph was an integral part of the legendary Ned Novell (SCSHOF '80) football teams at Mogadore - teams that won 30 straight games over 4 years. A career highlight for Adolph was when he kicked 10 extra points in one game, vs Middlefield on October 28, 1954.
In 1958, his senior campaign as a Zip gridder, Dave Adolph became the first and last Akron U player to earn the Mike Gregory Award - emblematic of the Ohio Conference’s most outstanding lineman. At 6-1, 185, pounds, small by today's standards, Adolph earned his award as an offensive guard. However, during his three-year varsity career, he also excelled as a linebacker on defense and an extra point and field goal kicker. He culminated his career as captain of the '58 team and earned first team All-Ohio Conference and second team All-Ohio honors. In June, 1981, Adolph was inducted into UA's Sports Hall of Fame.