DURANT — It wasn’t quite Friday the 13th, but it must have felt that way to Ada Junior High Athletic Coordinator Bryan Harwell and his group of coaches last Thursday when the young Cougar teams played at Durant.

In the seventh grade contest, Ada tailback Chase Bowker was stopped inches away from the goal line on fourth down in overtime as host Durant turned back the Cougars 6-0.

Then, in the eighth grade contest, the Cougar offense was able to run just 10 plays in the 32-minute game and fell to Durant by an identical 6-0 count.

Tyler Mills made sure the Ada freshmen wouldn’t get caught up in the weirdness of the night as the talented quarterback ran wild in a 26-6 Cougar victory.

7th Grade

Durant 6, Ada 0

Ada generated 88 yards of offense during regulation but neither team really threatened to score.

“The game was basically played between the 30s until the overtime,” Harwell said.

Durant was able to score in a 5-yard rushng play on its second play of overtime but Ada (2-4) stopped the two-point run attempt, leaving the score 6-0.

With Ada facing third-and-goal from the 1 in the extra period, a fumbled snap forced the Cougars to try to score on fourth down.

Bowker then took the handoff but was stacked up just before he could break the plane of the goal line, giving Durant the victory.

“We probably should have won the game,” Harwell said. “Our defense played great, especially our outside lineabackers.”

Drawing praise for their defensive efforts were Staley Easley, Nathan Blackley, Bowker, Austin Peteet and Conner Keith. Durant managed just 22 total yard in regulation.

Zach Horne led the Ada offense with 61 yards on 16 carries.

8th Grade

Durant 6, Ada 0

The Cougar offense gained just 17 yards on 10 offensive plays and left the Ada coaches shaking their heads.

“I don’t ever think I’ve coached a junior high game (in 20-plus years) where you’ve only ran 10 plays And we play eight minute quarters so it’s not like its a super short game,” Harwell said.

Diontee Albert’s 10-yard catch from quarterback Dillon Bolin was Ada’s longest play of the game.

Durant scored on a 2-yard quarterback sneak in the first quarter before the Ada defense held the Lions in check over the final three periods. Durant gained 169 yards in the contest.

Ada fell to 3-3.

9th Grade

Ada 26, Durant 6

Mills rushed for 247 yards on 21 carries and scored on touchdown runs of 40, 1 and 5 yards to help Ada pull away from the host Lions.

“We really played a great game. He did a great job of directing the offense,” Harwell said.

Ada (4-2) led just 14-6 at halftime, but Jesse Cashman’s 1-yard plunge into the end zone in the third quarter gave the visitors some breathing room.

Harwell and company were also pleased with the play of fullbacks Trey Irvin and Aaron Wallace.

“Our fullbacks also did a great job of blocking. They reall blocked well,” he said.

The Ada ninth grade travel to Noble Monday at 5:30 p.m. as part of a freshman-junior varsit doubleheader.

The Ada junior high will then end its season Tuesday, Oct. 24 when Ardmore visits the Craig McBroom Football complex. The seventh grade will begin play that afternoon at 4 p.m.

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