Just two days before Halloween, the Ada Cougars were scary good in a 55-6 win over Noble Friday night at Norris Field.
Whether it was a lopsided loss to Carl Albert in Week 8 or Senior Night or a combination of both that motivated coach Matt Weber’s bunch, a focused Cougar club scored touchdowns on its first six possessions of the game to build a 41-0 lead and the rout was on.
“It was nice to get this win and get that bad taste out of our mouth from last week,” Weber said following the game. “I’m proud for the seniors. They prepared well all year long and it’s a good way to go out.”
Ada (5-4, 4-2) will wrap up the regular season at No. 8 Deer Creek (6-3, 4-2) this Friday night in Edmond with a third-place finish in District 5A-1 up for grabs. Guthrie (8-1, 6-0) appears to be a lock at the top of the district while Carl Albert (7-2, 5-1) all but sewed up the second spot after defeating Deer Creek 31-7 in Week 9.
The Cougars dominated Noble right from the start. On the opening drive of the game, quarterback Wyatt Robson hit receiver Christian Johnson with a short pass and Johnson split a pair of Noble defenders and was off to the races down the right sideline for a 58-yard catch-and-run touchdown. Sam McCann hit the first of his six PAT kicks to give Ada a 7-0 lead at the 10:19 mark of the first quarter.
McCann then got sneaky, squibbing the kickoff right up the middle and covering it himself to set the Cougars up at the Noble 48.
Robson ran around the right side after a nice fake for a 25-yard keeper to get Ada close before tailback Mason Girdley covered the final 15 yards for the score to put the hosts ahead 14-0 at the 9:15 mark.
After Randy Armstrong stuffed Noble running back Dylan King for a four-yard loss on a third-and-short play, a deep snap sailed past Bears’ punter Talon Hester. All he could do is cover the ball at the NHS 10, giving Ada the ball in the red zone.
Robson would score from six yards away to stretch the Ada lead to 21-0 with 6:10 still left in the first period.
A 22-yard Hester punt gave Ada the ball at midfield. The Cougars needed nine plays to cover the 51 yards to paydirt. Johnson had a nice 27-yard grab that got the Cougars to the NHS 17. Facing a fourth-and-9 from the NHS 16, Robson was flushed out of the pocket and scrambled to his right before tossing a 12-yard pass to tailback Nathan Blakely for the first down. Two plays later, lineman-turned-fullback William Kirkpatrick bulled his way into the end zone for a 1-yard TD run that made it 28-0 heading into quarter No. 2.
On a third-and-long play during Ada’s next drive, Robson connected with receiver Skylar Alexander for a 44-yard catch-and-run TD to push the Ada advantage to 35-0.
Noble gambled and lost on its first possession of the second quarter. Faced with a fourth-and-one from its own 27, Bears’ coach Steve Barrett elected to try for a first down. But fullback Tanner Forbes was met at the line of scrimmage by a host of Cougar defenders and a measurement showed the Noble runner was stopped inches short of the first down.
Tailback Mason Girdley scored from the 24 two plays later as Ada’s lead ballooned to 41-0.
“It was nice to take such a big lead early and get it over with. We got the majority of our players in the game,” Weber said.
Noble put together its most productive drive of the game just before halftime, moving 65 yards in 10 plays. The drive was highlighted by a 20-yard Forbes run and two catches totaling 36 yards by Hunter Long. Quarterback threw a nice pass to receiver Derek Underwood for a two-yard TD to get Noble on the scoreboard.
The Cougars scored single touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters.
Tailback Dionteé Albert punched one in from the 4-yard line with 1:14 left in the third quarter. That score was set up by a nice 55-yard gallop by fullback Chase Bowker.
Backup quarterback DeAngelo Dunn guided the Cougars on a time-eating 15-play, 43-yard drive in the fourth, before sneaking in from the 1 with 2:10 left in the game. John Stout kicked Ada’s final extra point of the game.
The statistics were just as lopsided as the final score. Ada rolled up 262 yards rushing with the help of 13 different ball carriers and Robson completed 7-of-9 passes for 159 more yards putting the Cougars at 421 yards of total offense. Bowker’s 80 yards on six tries led the Ada ground game while Johnson caught two passes for 85 yard to lead the Ada receiving corps.
Meanwhile, Ada’s defense held Noble to minus 5 yards rushing, thanks in part to the 29-yard disaster on the snap to the punter that went awry. Noble had seven first-half rushing plays that were stopped behind the line of scrimmage.