Joe Claxton Guest Writer
As it has been since 1986, it is "Ardmore No More" time again.
In addition to exciting games, the series has also always had its share of twists in plot, turns and ironies. The 89th renewal since the first meeting in 1922 is not to be left out.
Ada leads the slugfest, 49-39-2, the closest of all the three longest series for the Cougars. The longest, McAlester, was cut short last year due to scheduling errors at 60-31-1 but will hopefully be re-established next year. Durant was renewed last year, only to increase Ada’s lead to 57-11-2.
The added excitement? Ardmore and Ada will inaugurate the new turf at Norris Field by playing the first game on the surface.
Ada did the same for Ardmore when the Tigers opened Noble Stadium in 1997. Ardmore won, 28-7.
In another twist, when OU put in the first turf in the state in 1970, Norman High played there before the Sooners. The opponent? Why, Ada, of course. A Larry McBroom-led crew won, 26-20.
Another twist came in the first-ever game. Coach Raymond Cox’s crew took a beating in 1922, only to be awarded the game on a forfeit since Ardmore played an ineligible player.
The five-year career at Ada for head coach Matt Weber has featured several twists.
Shortly after he took the reins in 2008, he had no more turned around than when the new head coach at Ardmore was announced. None other than Ada coaching icon Larry McBroom, back from a second tour of Texas.
A capacity crowd at Noble Stadium watched Coach Larry McBroom’s Ardmore Tigers edge Coach Matt Weber’s Ada Cougars 14-7. Coach Larry got his 200th Oklahoma victory with the Cougars on the field, but they were on the wrong side of the field.
Weber stood toe-to-toe with McBroom, defending home grass at Norris Field in 2009, 21-18. McBroom won the rubber match the following year at Ardmore, 28-7. before departing for another Tejas tour.
For that matter, Matt Weber has stood toe-to-toe with the Tigers overall. His Cougars are 2-3 in the Ardmore series and 1-1 with Doug Wendel.
For the record, Coach Larry has reunited with brother Gary under another old Cougar, Brent Whitson, at South Grand Prairie in the Fort Worth area after a year at Weatherford, Texas.
In Week No. 1 — South Grand Prairie 38, Lamar 31
Mansfield Legacy 38, McKinney 28
Legacy is coached by yet another old Cougar, Chris Melson. The two schools do not play this year.