Joe Claxton Guest Writer
When they roll into Plainview tonight, Ada fans will note several familiar Ada faces, beginning with Indians head coach Chris Berus, who coached the Cougars for several years. The Berus family is augmented in Plainview by a couple of former Cougar players as well.
Berus, who will be entering his fifth year as head coach of the Indians football team, was also recently announced to replace long-time coach Johnni Bell in the position of athletic director.
Plainview went 9-3 in 2012 and hopes to go further on the arm of second-year starting quarterback Taber Jordan and preseason All-Star by Class RB Austin Carrera.
Also of note is freshman Brock Berus, an Ada product of sorts, having been born here. Now 5-11 and 180, he will be wearing No. 20 for the freshmen and the varsity.
In the freshman game, he will be going against his old classmates, the highly touted ninth-grade bunch.
Berus has kept track of Ada head man Matt Weber’s Cougar teams and was impressed by Ada’s return to prosperity. The Cougars enjoyed their best season since 2004, going 12-1 with the loss in the semis against Clinton.
“I was really impressed by Ada last year. I got to see the semifinal game. I saw a lot I had not seen in years. It was a great run. And I see it as just the start of a long run for Ada,” Berus predicted.
Berus said former Ada Cougar Ryan Luhmann (Sr. FB03) has been with him the whole time.
“We walked onto the campus together. He is my offensive coordinator and another Cougar, Phillip Tweedy (Sr FB06), is back for his second year,” Berus said.
There are lots of the former Cougars on the staff. Berus' daughter Kennedy is an eighth-grader and team manager and a fine athlete in her own right.
The oldest of the Chris and Sammi Berus clan, daughter Jordan Clark, a senior at East Central University, will graduate in December after an outstanding prep and college career.
It was a roundabout to Plainview. Berus left Ada after the 2005 season and coached under Gary Rose at Midwest CIty Carl Albert through 2008.
As for the scrimmage, it will be a clash of ranked teams. While Ada is picked No. 3 in preseason polls, the Indians are in the mid-teens of 3A.
Last year when the Indians came to Ada, things began breaking bad for the visitors. They quickly ran into a Girdley model chainsaw, namely Mason Gridley going 70 yards for a TD. That was followed by a short TDP by Wyatt Robson to John Stout, and that was followed by several connections with Easton Pingleton.