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Ada’s chase of a District 4A-2 title will continue this week with tonight’s Fall Break trip to Glenpool. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Heading into the Week 7 games, No. 4 Ada, No. 3 Douglass and No. 11 Harrah were in a three-way tie for the district lead with unblemished 3-0 marks.
Meanwhile, the home town Warriors will try to avoid a 1-3 district start after losses to Douglass (36-7) and Harrah (29-14) in back-to-back weeks. Glenpool has played the meat of its 4A-2 slate so far with Tecumseh (1-5), Mannford (2-4 and Santa Fe South (1-5) remaining.
The winner of tonight’s contest will also take the overall series lead that is currently deadlocked at 2-2.
“It’s an important game for both of us. We want to stay undefeated in the district and they’re still fighting for a playoff spot,” said head coach Matt Weber. “They’re Glenpool. They have great tradition.”
The Warriors own a 21-12 road win over McLoud, a 30-13 win at Sperry and a huge 44-19 season-opening home win over tradition-rich Berryhill. Glenpool’s other setback was a 24-14 loss to No. 7 Cascia Hall.
Ada blasted Glenpool 48-7 in 2012 but Weber said the 2013 Warriors are far better than their 3-3 record may indicate.
“They were down because of injuries a little bit last year, but you know they won’t stay down for long. They’re quite a bit better this year,” he said.
The Warriors, like in years past, will try to run first and ask questions later on offense.
“They’ve always been a power team and they still do that. They still do a lot of their same running plays, they’re just doing it out of the shotgun now instead of under center,” Weber said. “They run it quite a bit more than they throw it.”
Look for feature back Parker West, a junior, to carry most of the workload.
“Their idea is to try and make you eat the football on offense, control the line of scrimmage and play great defense on the other side of the ball,” Weber said.
Junior Sean Davis will start at quarterback, but he shared a few carries with senior starting wide receiver Austin Head in the loss to Douglass.
“They’re mainly just asking (Davis) to run the offense. They haven’t asked him to throw the football a lot, but that doesn’t mean they can’t,” Weber said. “No. 7 (Head) looks like their athlete guy they can move around wherever they need him.”
A bright spot for the Warriors against Douglass was junior Brandon Straessle’s 90-yard interception return for a touchdown.
With one less day to prepare, things have been a bit different around the Ada football camp this week.
“It’s a short week for everybody. It obviously gets us out of our routine a little bit,” Weber said. “We’re trying our best to stick as close to our practice routine as we can. “
On Wednesday, Ada began practicing at 1 p.m. instead of its usual 2:45 time slot. Today, the Cougars will meet for a 9 a.m. team breakfast, have a short practice-walkthrough after that and then meet again at 3:30 p.m. to begin the 116-mile trip to Glenpool.
“We’ll practice real light tomorrow before we go play. Practicing the day you play is a little bit different,” Weber said.
Due to the rainy weather and we practice field, the Cougars have been inside the Dunham Indoor Facility the entire week.
After tonight’s game, the Ada coaching staff will turn players loose until practice on Monday.
“We’re completing our 10th week of practice and it’s a long season so we’re going to give the kids the rest of the break off,” Weber said.
Sante Fe Sharp
The Ada Cougars got exactly the type of game they needed during a 63-0 win over Santa Fe South last week. Starters performed well and everybody got in on the action.
“We were really sharp on both sides of the ball,” Weber said. “We were able to run the ball real well and defensively held them to (57) yards of total offense. We approached the game the right way and got better.”
Senior receiver-defensive back Bryson Albert was named the Special Teams Player of the week after his strong outing against the Saint Bernards. Albert will be wearing No. 1 against Glenpool instead of his usual No. 9 jersey.