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May 22, 2014

Solid spring ends with scrimmage

Ada — The Ada High football team wasn’t exactly in state championship form during Wednesday’s Maroon-White scrimmage. But fortunately for the Cougars, they certainly don’t have to be in late May.

Fans at the Ada High soccer field saw a scrimmage that was a bit rough around the edges but also had plenty of bright spots.

Head coach Matt Weber said he’s still encouraged by what he saw from the 75 or so players who took part in Wednesday’s workout.

“It was fun. That’s what we wanted. It’s kind of a reward for them at the end of the year to get a chance to have fun,” Weber said following the 90-minute workout. “Like I told them, we’re a long way from being a polished football team, but we have a lot of good football players. When district time comes around, we will be polished.”

By the time the scrimmage moved to “game-like” conditions, the Maroon team — guided by backup quarterback Dillon Briggs — scored on three straight possessions. The White team, made up mostly of potential starters, struggled at times and managed just one scoring drive. All drives started at the 50-yard line.

During the first Maroon possession, Briggs and company needed nine plays to reach paydirt. Briggs had runs of 10 and 5 yards during the march, capped by a 15-yard touchdown catch by Osahwv Frazier.

The White squad answered when quarterback Cory Kilby connected with Blake Harrison for a 15-yard TD catch and run. 

Enter freshman Sheldon Hysten. After Kilby scooped up a fumbled snap, he handed the ball to Hysten, who juked out the first defender he faced and got free for an impressive 30-yard run. That set up a 5-yard TD keeper by Kilby.

Earlier in the scrimmage, when the teams weren’t advancing the ball after each play, Hysten ran around the right side, got a nice block from Damion Jackson and sped down the sideline for a 50-yard score.

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