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September 11, 2013

“Adabel” game is quite the trip


Ada —

150 miles or so, 3 hours or so 

After the 1973 meeting, the clubs did not face off again until 1986 at Idabel. The year would end a drought with Ada’s first state title since 1980.

The Chris Melson-led 1986 club went 8-2 during the regular season, including a 24-6 win at Idabel.

The state championship game was played in Stillwater at OSU, and 1986 was the first of several Ada teams to earn titles there with a 34-17 win over Guymon.

Before the current 16-year drought, the 1980-86 drought was equalled only by 1975-1979 under Coach Craig since Elvan George’s first title in 1951.

150 miles or so, 3 hours or so 

Idabel fans thought they had one of their better teams in 1994. So did Ada as the regular season moved into the final game at Idabel. COW Cable, a newcomer and eventual short-timer in Ada (yes, COW cable, C-O-W e-i-e-i-o) aired the first live broadcast of an Ada football game with veterans Mickey Thompson and Jay O’Neal in the booth and then-AHS teacher Stacey Oakley’s fledgling Cougar Network News crew assisting the pros.

The downpour recorded bits of history if nothing else, as Ada dashed Idabel's expectations, 30-0.

It was Game 10 and the end of Maysville move-in Barry Odom’s one-year Cougar regular season career. Another career mark — coach Larry McBroom’s all-time yardage record set in 1970 — fell on a long, muddy slog by junior Brandon Daniels. Daniels' total has since been broken by Brian Odom and then Kerry Johnson. Wyatt Robson moved in to No. 4 last year. 

Oh, yes, then-student Trey Kenley’s broken arm from his dashing mud slides in front of the visitor stands. Ada went on to win "One More in ‘94," title No. 17,  29-7 over Clinton.

150 miles or so, 3 hours or so

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