Joe Claxton for the Ada News
“We had a little adversity.”
That’s the way Ada Cougar head coach Matt Weber put it after the scrimmage at Plainview Thursday night.
The ‘adversity’ was the three touchdowns the Indians scored when compared to two by Ada.
“They were able to score three times. Once was my fault for not having our kids in the proper place to be successful,” Weber said.
Another score came after the Cougars caused a fumble only to have Plainview pick it up and run it in.
“The last one, we had a tipped interception that landed in the arms of one of their receivers for a score,” Weber said.
Despite the scores, Weber continued to tout the Ada D-line.
“Our defensive line continues to be impressive,” he said.
Offensively, the ground game was stymied by a stunting Plainview defense.
“On offense, we were unable to move the ball on the ground. Partially the reason is they stunted every single down,” Weber said.
Ada did have success throwing the ball.
Junior quarterback Tryce Prince threw the ball well even when he was under pressure.
“Levi Grimes did have back-to-back 70-yard TDs. One was on a hitch route, the other on a jet sweep,” Weber said.
Plainview, a Class 3A school coached by former Cougar assistant coach Chris Berus and former Ada players Ryan Luhmann and Phillip Tweedy, stood toe-to-toe against the 4A Cougars.
“Plainview has a fine ball club that showed us many areas we need to get better. The best thing is our kids understand these areas also,” Weber said. “We will go to work on an outstanding Ardmore team next week and try to be the best team we can be. We are confident we will get these areas shored up."
Just down the road a piece Thursday night, Ada’s season-opening opponent was hosting the annual Super Scrimmage at Noble Stadium in Ardmore.
The Ardmore Tigers will help Ada inaugurate the new artificial turf at Norris Field Friday night in the first game on that surface.
The Super Scrimmage featured the host school plus Wilson, Lone Grove and Sulphur.
The scrimmages helped Ardmore head coach Doug Wendel fill in a few starters, but he is looking for more.
“I have six spots that are unsure,” he said in an email conversation with Weber during an exchange of rosters.
The Tigers will be led by sophomore quarterback Clay Atwood, a double threat with running and passing, especially the long ball.