Senior quarterback Joseph Wood, who threw for 1,587 yards and nine touchdowns in 2012, makes the McLoud offense go again this year.
“That’s what makes them really tough. They have a quarterback that can really throw it, and will take off with it,” Weber said. “They get in some sets that we’ve never seen before. To defend everyone, you have to pick your poison. Are you going to rush him? The only way you can get some heat on the guy is man up everywhere. Then you take a chance on giving up the big play. If you stay in coverage, you let him mess around back there and it’s hard to hold coverage for a long time. We’re going to have to mix it up and hopefully have some success. But this kid is outstanding.”
The fact that McLoud limited Douglass — a team that has scored 278 points so far this season — to 13 points is a says a lot about the Redskins’ defense.
“Defense is where they’re really good. They did a good job of defending us last year,” Weber said. “They bring linebackers a lot ... they’re probably one of the best defensive teams in our district. We’re going to have to hang on to the football and execute.”
Ada has already secured a playoff spot. Obviously the Cougars would love to win out, collect the District 4A-2 title and secure two possible home playoff spots.
“We can do no worse than third. Depending on what other people do, it could come down to (the Douglass game) for a home playoff game,” Weber said. “We don’t HAVE to depend on anyone else. That’s the good thing.”
Ada’s narrow 29-24 Week 8 home win over Harrah was the team’s third close call of the season. The Cougars have been clutch in tight situations.