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.
They were steam-rolled by an Ada club headed for a 13-3 state championship season No. 14 behind bulldozer back Tyler Jack and a blocking crew led by Ken Gandy and Steve Jacob, just to name a couple.
The following year at McLoud, the homestands finally got to see what all the hoopla was about ... what these ballyhooed Ada Cougars were all about ... 28-7.
McLoud got a decade-long reprieve before being tossed back into Ada’s district. The 2002-04 span would see McLoud subjected to the brilliant career of Ada’s most prolific offensive weapon ever. During his three years as the starting quarterback, Kerry Johnson would amass the most career yards ever at 7,907 — 4,711 by ground, 3,196 by air.
Two years under development by coach Larry McBroom included 35-7 and 31-28 wins over McLoud, followed by 47-0 in 2004 under coach Steve Dean. Dean added a 30-14 win in 2005 after Johnson had graduated, and it marked the last meeting until a year ago. (The Cougars defeated McLoud 40-14 last year at Norris Field.)
The irony of the 31-28 squeaker in 2003 was that it was not McLoud’s Josh Soward’s four TDs nor Johnson’s two rushing and two passing TDs that accounted for the points differential. In fact, neither an Ada nor a McLoud boy claimed that honor. It was German exchange student Thomas Weismann. The third in a string of German kickers, Weismann had a second-quarter field goal for Ada that accounted for the three points.
The year produced other oddities of Cougar lore. While Weismann was kicking for the Cougars on Fridays, the Ada kicker from the year before had his sights set on kicking on Saturdays at East Central University. Max Mauser, the German exchange kicker for Ada in 2002, later returned to the U.S. to kick for the Tigers during the 2005 season.
It would also be coach Larry’s last year before he returned to Texas to seek his football fortunes for the second of what currently is three times.
It would also be the year of the passing of Cougar patriarch Craig McBroom in the spring.