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October 2, 2013

Ada series with Tecumseh has been close lately

Ada —

As the 2013 football season reaches its mid-point, the Ada Cougars are back on the road for the shortest yellow dawg and Red Carpet charter ride of the year.

There are numerous, perhaps hundreds, of routes to get from Ada to the Oklahoma City area. One of the roads less taken, perhaps, is the back door through Tecumseh, Ada’s opponent on Friday. It's some 45 miles north on 3W to south of Shawnee. Go west, young fan.

For Ada’s athletic supporters expecting an old-fashioned slugfest with the neighbors a year ago, it was anything but: Ada 56-15. Indeed, there had been many 15-rounders since the first meeting in 1927, which, in fact, was a 20-6 Tecumseh win.

The 54-0 knot that Oklahoma City Douglass put on the Savages last week and a 1-3 record would seem to predict another Ada win. The Cougars are 3-1 with three wins in a row, with a scoring differential of 141-90.

Tecumseh, on the other hand, has managed only 50 points in four games while giving up 153. One big reason is that quarterback Colton Owen is gone.

But kicker Jennifer Goethe is back. She is having a bit of trouble getting PAT or field goal tries, however. Goethe, who most likely set a record for FGs by a female at Norris Field last year (one), is remembered for coming out for football just two days before the opener with Noble and hitting the game-winning FG in OT.

Last year’s blowout ended a short stretch of parity, 2003-05. For another, the win ended a string of two straight victories for Tecumseh at Norris Field.

The lopsided win a year ago was what Adans had grown to expect, like the eight-game win streak through the ‘80s and ‘90s.

The series stands at 12 wins for Ada, five for Tecumseh, with the Ada edge coming during one of the most successful stretches ever for the Cougars.

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