Joe Claxton Guest Writer
“ ... then everything went black as it seemed like the whole team dog piled me. It was an amazing feeling ... best feeling ever,” said Daron Ellis, senior defensive back for the Ada Cougars way back when in 2004.
Fans were beginning to wonder when, if ever, Ada would beat Glenpool. After losses in district play the previous two years, the ‘when’ was answered, :00. Double-OT and Ellis put on his jump high tennies and knocked down a pass to win the game.
Ellis, now a member of the parks and recreation staff for the City of Ada, remembered it as if it were just yesterday, perhaps because he and his mates settle down at the Ellis household once in awhile to review highlight tapes of the season.
“There was not a wide receiver to my side so I was on the tight end and he slipped behind me. I took a couple of hard steps and jumped higher than I had ever jumped before. I think I knocked it away with my left hand,” he said.
The man in charge on that day, on that play, was defensive backs coach Mart Leming (2004-06).
“During the time out, we talked over every situation as far as what everyone in the secondary was supposed to be reading. It was a little play action pass,” said Leming, an assistant coach at alma mater Sulphur 2007-present.
“Daron was a bit out of position but made such a tremendous effort to recover. It was his greatest high school game, something he will no doubt always remember,” said Leming. “I was just glad to be a part of that game, probably the best game I have been a part of.”
Ellis is now a ‘nephew in-law’ as Leming describes it.
The week had been a series of ups and downs. Junior defensive lineman Cody Bolin was killed in automobile accident on Thursday. The funeral was scheduled for the Saturday morning with the playoff game that evening against Glenpool.
A huge block A appeared on the field with a 60 (Bolin’s number) at the bottom. That No. 60 was officially retired by head coach Steve Dean and the administration.
The battle of the QBs — the running of Cougar QB Kerry Johnson vs. the passing of Warrior QB John Carnes — highlighted the game, but failed to produce a verdict into the second OT.
Johnson carried 45 times for 272 yards and four TDs. Carnes threw for 204 and four TDs.
With the score knotted at 40 going into the second OT, Johnson scored a TD and 2PAT to put Ada up, 48-40.
Glenpool scored, but had to go for two as well.
Ellis stepped up to end the magnificent battle, send the Cougars forward in the playoffs for a semifinal meeting with Broken Bow at OU and score the first win ever over Glenpool.
2013: Return to the Scene
The Ada Cougars will take a 5-1 overall and 3-0 district record to Glenpool Thursday evening for the first visit since the inaugural game between the two schools in 2002.
Glenpool, 1-2, 3-3, and Ada have split four meetings. Ada hosted the 2003 district game, a playoff game in 2004 and last year’s district renewal.
2002: The Captain & Tennial
The first-ever meeting saw the storied Ada Cougars face off with a rising-power in Glenpool. The showdown for the district title left Ada fans wondering if the Warriors had not read the Cougar pedigree.
There are backs who are referred to as versatile. Much-ballyhooed back Courtney Tennial led off by singing the National Anthem then set sail on a star spangled performance including returning the opening kick-off 67 yards for a touchdown.
The Warriors scored on a perfect 4-for-4 possessions, but Ada did not break, pulling within 28-20 at the half.
Tennial would amass 308 yards and two rushing TDs and a 28-yard TD on a pass reception.
Ada hung tough, but two more touchdowns by Glenpool QB Chris Neal (The Captain) sealed it, 48-28. Behind the Captain and Tennial the Warriors went on to win state.
2003: Not in Our House
Further proof was lent to the belief that Glenpoolies do not pay much attention to press clippings, nor signs for that matter.
‘Not in Our House’ signs and banners greeted the Warriors in their first-ever trip to Ada and Norris Field.
Glenpool looked as if they owned the house at 21-7 nearing halftime. Then the Johnson twins set off the fireworks. Jerry returned a kick-off 54 yards to set up twin Kerry’s 43-yard scoring run to cut it to 20-14 at the half.
K.J. then went one up on Jerry with a 96-yard kickoff return for the TD and a one-point gap. But, alas, GP would score two more times to clip the Cougars, 35-28.
2012: Glenpool down, out
Tough times had arrived at Glenpool by the time the series was renewed a year ago when Ada dropped to 4A and into the Warriors’ district.
Undefeated Ada matched up against a visiting Glenpool squad at 2-4 overall and 1-2 in the district.
The final was 48-7 and came on a night on which Easton Pingleton would tie the Ada record with six TDs — all in the first half. Ol’ No. 3 caught the kickoff and sailed to the end zone for an 86-yard TD. It was just the beginning of a long, long night in Ada for Glenpool.
Pingleton scored each time he touched the football; on the kickoff, an 81-yard fumble return, on 80 and 54-yard passes from Wyatt Robson, a 30-yard interception return. The sixth and final touch came on another TDP from Robson, a 38-yarder.
In an eerie reflection on the 2004 season, Ada lost offensive tackle Cody Johnson to a motorcycle accident in the days before the second playoff game. Almost magically a block A appeared at midfield on Norris Field in honor of No. 56, just as it had in 2004 in honor of No. 60 Cody Bolin, who was lost in a vehicular accident. Jersey No. 60 was retired. No. 56 has not been at this point.
Series: Ada 2, Glenpool 2
2012: at Ada 48, Glenpool 7
2004: at Ada 48, Glenpool 46 2OT
2003: Glenpool 35, at Ada 28
2002: at Glenpool 48, Ada 28
Week 7 District 4A-2 Games
Ada at Glenpool
Harrah at Tecumseh
McLoud at Mannford
OC Douglass at Santa Fe South
Week 6 Scores
Ada 63, OC Santa Fe South 0
OC Douglass 36, Glenpool 7
Harrah 35, Mannford 16
McLoud 42, Tecumseh 13