If there ever was a trap game on Ada’s 2013 football schedule, this Friday’s Week 9 road trip to McLoud is definitely it.
The Cougars are coming off an emotional, last-minute win over Harrah and have a date with No. 3 Douglass looming on Nov. 8 at Norris Field.
Enter the Redskins, who have not met their own expectations with a 4-4 overall mark and a 2-3 showing in District 4A-2 so far. McLoud’s three district setbacks could have certainly went the other way. The Redskins dropped a 21-12 decision to Glenpool, fell short in a 42-37 shootout at Mannford and last week pushed Douglass to the limit before leaving Oklahoma City with a narrow 13-7 setback.
So the Cougars must be careful and not get caught in the potential McLoud snare.
“I hope they won’t do that, but you never know with kids. I don’t think they will with the way they’ve approached every game every week,” said Ada head coach Matt Weber. “It’s going to be a tough test, a four-quarter ball game. We’re going to have to go up there and play our best.”
Ada defeated McLoud 40-14 during an undefeated regular season campaign in 2012, but the Cougars held a slim 14-0 lead at the half and were none too happy at that point in the contest.
“Last year in the district, other than Douglass, they played us better than anybody. They really got after us and they’re pretty much the same team they were last year,” Weber said. “They felt like they were going to be a playoff team and maybe a deep run playoff team this year. They’ve had some unfortunate losses — some that you wouldn’t expect.”
“They played the most talented team in our district, Douglass, to a 13-7 game last week.They were ahead of Glenpool 12-0 until eight minutes left in the game,” Webber added. “They’re an outstanding football team. They can’t make the playoffs now, so we figure we’re going to see the whole kitchen sink.”