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September 11, 2013

“Adabel” game is quite the trip


Ada —

Zane Bowman, superintendent of Ada City Schools, bus driver.

Not really bus driver. Coach's van driver.

“I used to go scouting with them a lot," Bowman said. "We were in the coach's van. This trip was all the way to Idabel to scout someone,  I forget who we were going to play. At the end of the game, Larry came up to me and asked if I would mind driving back. I thought that was kind of odd, but I said OK.

“We were not out of the parking lot before they were set up in the back of the van, watching the film of the game we had just seen on a little TV back there. They were breaking down the film, setting up a game plan for the next game. Larry was always that way, always working,  always looking for that little edge,” Bowman explained.

Chuck Roberts was back there, trying not to nod off. An Ada All-Stater on the 1974 state title team who was back in the fold in 1990 after several years of coaching at other high schools, Roberts was notorious for his inability to stay awake for night driving.

He remembered the trip well.

“Quite a group in there. Larry, Coach Craig, (Jim) Waters, BH (Billy Hammon), GMAC (Gary McBroom). I was assigned to  chart the offense, Waters the defense. I told him to wake me when the offense got the ball. As soon as I dozed, he hollered, ‘Fumble!’ There was no fumble, of course. He was just monkeying with me,” Roberts said.

Bowman recalled another game at Idabel, though he was not sure what year — probably 1986.

“I was sort of assigned to Craig to keep him under control,” Bowman said, laughing. He added that for the game in question, he was running late and had to drive down by himself.

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