Ada — And so another team that has never beaten Ada steps to the plate again Friday night at McLoud.
Based in an Oklahoma City-area town, the Redskins were quite happy as a farm-based burg — better known as the Blackberry Capital of the World — until the growth spurt out of OKC over the past several years.
Some 4,000 souls make up the town located at 35°24 44 N 97°5 54 W, or part of the Oklahoma City Consolidated Metropolitan Area.
McLoud is one of five "winless against Ada" clubs on the 2013 schedule with seven losses in as many meetings.
Like the other four — Idabel (0-13), Mannford (0-8) OC Santa Fe South (0-2) and Harrah (0-2) — McLoud will be trying to break into the win column against the Cougars.
And it is possible. Very possible.
Harrah came within a few few seconds of doing just that before succumbing, 29-24, last week, and Mannford challenged at least through the first half.
On the McLoud ledger is a slim, 13-7, loss to district-leading Douglass last week. The Redskins cut it to 13-7 with just over three minutes left, but an onside kick was unsuccessful and Douglass ran out the clock.
Not only do the Redskins have the home field advantage, they are much improved over the last couple of years. Not world-beaters by any means, they were 6-5 overall and 5-2 for third in district play behind champ Ada and runner-up Douglass.
Though the record has slipped a notch, McLoud is still 3-2 and 4-4 with a shot at making the playoffs again.
So, barring an upset by McLoud, the "winless against Ada" club remains intact with over 50 schools.
The most recent ADM (Average Daily Membership) figures find Ada High near the top, No. 6 in 4A (621.81) with McLoud 21st (5l5.57) among the 32-school grouping.
The series was born in 1988 and birthed at Ada. It was a painful birthing, at least for the Redskins, who lost 48-0.