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September 12, 2013

Ada plans to leave turnovers behind during trip to Idabel

Ada —

The Ada High football team hopes to clean up its act when it makes the long trek to Idabel Friday night for a Week 2 matchup with the Warriors.

Things like cutting out turnovers, improving in the kicking game and making better tackles are on the top of the list of things that needed cleaning the most according to Ada head coach Matt Weber.

The Cougars, who dropped from No. 4 to No. 7 in this week’s Associated Press Class 4A football rankings, committed four turnovers in a season-opening 36-21 home loss to Ardmore (No. 8 in 5A).

Ada’s mistakes were eyesores to the Ada coaching staff when watching the film Saturday morning.

“It was the same thing everybody saw and what kept us from being able to win that game — turnovers,” Weber said when asked what stood out during the film session. “When you turn it over four times, you’re not going to beat anybody.”

Inconsistency in the kicking game and missed tackles didn’t help the outcome of the football game either.

“Those are the three biggest things as to why Ardmore won that game and why we lost that game,” Weber said.

After all the costly mistakes against the Tigers, the Cougars can expect to devote even more practice time to protecting the football than had already been set aside.

“Things like holding on to the ball and taking care of the football are things we spend inordinate amounts of time on,” Weber said.  “All I know is obviously it’s not enough because we still did it, so we have to go back and put more time in our practice schedule doing that and emphasize it more.”

The Ada coach said he did like the fact that his players appeared to be eager to fix all the things that appeared broken during the loss to Ardmore.

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