The Ada Cougar troops will head out for Durant Friday for a 7:30 p.m. appointment for the (loosely figured) 34th time over the series totally dominated by Ada, 56-11-2.
The Cougars will roll into Southeastern State University with a 1-1 record: a 36-21 loss to Ardmore and a 42-6 win over Idabel.
Durant matches that mark but with interesting outcomes — a 43-42 loss to Poteau in double overtime and a somewhat surprising win over Ardmore, 9-7. Ardmore was hampered by an ankle injury that soph QB Clay Atwood suffered against Ada.
Durant fans savor each victory over Ada, be they ever so few. Durant considers the game a rivalry. Ada, not so much.
Over the years since the first meeting in 1917, which Ada won 20-0, the Cougar dominance has been substantial.
It includes a 32-in-a-row streak stretching after a 0-0 deadlock in 1936 to a loss in 1980. During that span, three Ada coaches were all-victorious over Durant — Elvan George (19-0), Craig McBroom (9-0) and Dickie Stephenson (2-0).
Durant’s 11 wins were bunched up with four in the '30s, five in the '80s and single wins in 1996 and 2007.
Up for discussion here out of those losses are the three classics "played" at Ada’s home stadium, Norris Field, starting in 1983.
‘83, Norris home field for Lions
Letter jackets blocking the December cold, then-juniors T.D. Teel, Jay Johnson and some of their mates off the 1983 squad entered the gates at Norris Field, the home of the Ada Cougars. But not today.
The maroon of Ada was nowhere to be seen other than the letter jackets. It was replaced by the red and blue of Durant and the purple of the Pirates of Bristow. They were gathered to play for the state Class 3A championship.
Durant was to win the state, 14-0, that day, but the aforementioned Cougars were not around to see it. A couple of series was all they could handle.