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October 10, 2013

Ada welcomes Santa Fe South

But no matter the foe, Cougars must focus on improving each week

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“That was probably the shortest game I’ve ever been a part of. It was under two hours long,” Weber said. “Give Tecumseh credit. They used every second of the play clock to really slow the game down and shorten it.”

Ada scored on three of five second-half drives with the others ending on an interception and an ugly penalty.

“Other that we were pretty sharp on offense and we played a lot better on defense in the second half,” Weber said.

Special Teams

Levi Grimes, normally No. 20 on the Ada roster, will be wearing No. 1 against Santa Fe South as the Special Teams Player of the Week.

That’s one unit that has probably made the most improvement for the Cougars since Week 1

“Our special teams in Game 1 was such a disaster,” Weber recalled. “Our kickoff coverage team has probably made the biggest improvement. We gave up a touchdown on a kickoff during the first game, and that’s something we hadn’t done in two years here.”

Other special teams areas are also making strides.

 “It’s slowly gotten better. We’re making our extra points, which is really big, and we’re punting the ball well when we have to punt it,” Weber said.

Bad Bug Bites

The infamous injury bug started bothering Ada players before the season every began. Standout senior running back and defender Chase Lott was lost for the year with a knee injury during the preseason. 

Since then, junior Dayton Morgan and sophomore Jake Bailey (the latest victim), have suffered season-ending injuries. Junior quarterback-defensive back Tryce Prince suffered a broken collarbone two weeks ago and is expected to miss at least the rest of the regular season.

“That’s another thing I want to brag on our kids about. We’ve been bit by the injury bug this year — losing Chase Lott who is such a leader and a great player for us on both sides of the bal. We’ve also lost Bailey and Dayton Morgan to knee injuries and we had Tryce go down,” Weber said. “Those guys have all played important roles on Friday night’s for us. It would have been easy for our kids to throw in the towel, but they understand we have to have 11 to play and we have to adapt and keep going and we’ve done that. It’s all part of this game.”

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