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November 7, 2013

No. 8 Ada to host third-ranked Douglass in marquee matchup at Norris Field

Ada — A showdown with the No. 3 team in the state with the District 4A-2 crown is the perfect thing to make a team forget about a disappointing loss the week before.

According to Ada head coach Matt Weber, the Cougars’ preparation for the highly anticipated matchup with the Douglass Trojans Friday night has gone well so far.

McLoud who?

“Our kids were excited on Monday to practice. We are still having fun daily in practice because of how we practice. Many teams are ready to move on to something else at this point in the season. Not us,” Weber said.

The Ada coach said he takes most of the responsibility for last week’s 33-20 loss at McLoud. He said some of his players were in the wrong place at the wrong time throughout the contest.

Ada gave up over 480 yards of total offense and committed three turnovers. That’s not a formula for success.

“I did a poor job coaching our football team.  We need to get better at what we do, and not be confused aligning to so many sets. We will go back to square one, and confusion will not be an issue,” he said.

Last year, the Cougars outlasted Douglass 26-21 to claim the district title. Many believe this year’s heavyweight bout — Ada enters the game ranked No. 8 after falling four spots due to the loss to the Redskins — could be just as entertaining.

“We are in the exact same position we were at this point last season. Last week had no bearing on the (4A-2) title race,” Weber said. “I’m proud of our kids for reeling off seven straight and putting us in this position.”

The most well-known player on the Douglass squad is 6-3, 240-pound playmaker Deondre Clark. He was widely regarded as one of the best defensive linemen in the state last year and now is one of the top tailbacks in Class 4A. Ada will have to contend with Clark on both sides of the ball.

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