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September 11, 2013

“Adabel” game is quite the trip

Ada —

Idabel is 150 miles or so from Ada. Some three hours to drive. Play (and win) a football game there Friday, turn around and drive another 150 mile, three hours or so.

The first 11 meetings were either playoff games or district assignments. A year ago, Ada head coach Matt Weber was forced into a scramble to find a 10th opponent when longtime rival McAlester unexpectedly pulled out of the series. The long and winding round road to Idabel was the only option.

For Ada fans, that has happened four times in the 12 victories the Cougars own over the Warriors. Four wins at Ada in the regular season including 2012, four more at Ada in the postseason playoffs and four at Idabel.

Here is a look at the four trips to Idabel.

150 miles or so, 3 hours or so 

In the first trip to Idabel and leading 21 to nothing in 1971, the Cougars appeared to have things well in hand in Dickie Stephenson’s first year as head coach. But the Warriors were not through just yet.

A touchdown pass cut the lead to 21-6. The Cougars hung on to win, with Gary Norwood completing five of 13 passes good for 75 yards. Billy Keith Gray’s rushing total of 200 yards moved him to 1,142 on the season, which was the third best single-season mark in Cougar history at that time. 

150 miles or so, 3 hours or so 

In 1973, Craig McBroom returned to the helm of his beloved Ada Cougars. In Game 9, the Idabel Warriors hosted the Cougars for the second time ever.

Jim Conway scored first on a 14-yard run. Later, Tommy Mayhue capped a drive with a four-yard run and went 25 yards to score his second TD.

The scoring mounted with Sherwood Taylor getting an interception and going 68 yards for the Cougars’ fourth TD. After another pick by Mark Summers, Conway scored his third TD of the night on a six-yard run to make the final 35-0. 

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