- Ada, Oklahoma


October 24, 2013

Ada hosts Harrah in 4A-2 showdown

Ada —

Two of the top three teams in District 4A-2 will clash Friday night when No. 4 Ada plays host to No. 10 Harrah in a Week 8 showdown.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

After escaping Glenpool with a heart-pounding 29-27 victory last week, the Cougars enter the game at 6-1 overall and 4-0 in district play. Harrah has also won four straight district contest after starting the season 1-2. The Panthers dropped a 27-14 decision to Weatherford to start the season and dropped a narrow 14-17 decision to Chandler in Week 3. But Harrah’s most impressive victory of the season may have occurred in Week 2 when the Panthers bulldozed Piedmont 29-0. Yes, the same Piedmont team that blew past then-No. 6 Clinton 45-19 last Friday.

“Harrah is playing for the same thing we are with us both being undefeated in the district. And they’re now ahead of us in (district) points after last week. There’s a lot riding on this game for both of us,” said Ada head coach Matt Weber.”

New head coach Phil Webb has already helped Harrah do an amazing turnaround. Last year Harrah finished the season at 1-9 — the lone victory a 45-6 win over Santa Fe South. The Panthers did play the likes of Piedmont (29-26), Glenpool (27-26), Mannford (14-7), Tecumseh (14-13) and McLoud (28-24) close in 2012. Ada, not so much. The Cougars whipped the Panthers 68-27.

Webb, who spend the past seven years as an assistant at Harrah, said he’s taken on the coaching philosophy instilled in him by former Putnam City coach Mike Little . Webb was a starting defensive back for PC North for the 1991 state championship team.

“Discipline, structure, organization, doing the intangibles. You know, the little things. Those are the things I’m hanging my hat on,” Webb told The Oklahoman last summer before a game was ever played.

Apparently, that strategy has worked.

“I think the biggest thing you can see with them is confidence. They got rolling early and have only lost two close games. They’re still really young. The main thing I can see is they are really sold to what they’re doing on both sides of the ball,” Weber said. “They’re very well-coached on both sides of the ball. They know what they are. They don’t try to do anything they can’t do.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Tournament time Byng still remembers its angels in the outfield

    Thirteen years ago, a tragedy jolted the community of Byng.


    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Cougs getting better Ada High Golf Results

    Monday, April 21

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • A look back Rosters announced for All-Star Classic

    Rosters for the 41st annual Ada News All-Star Classic have been finalized after a meeting by the Ada Area Basketball Coaches Association last Wednesday.


    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Frazier doesn't falter Ada splits pair in Harrah

    Oshawv Frazier allowed just six hits over seven complete innings and Jake Boone hit a triple and a single and scored a pair of runs as Ada downed Cleveland, 5-2, Saturday in the Harrah Festival.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Indians keep on truckin' Asher wins tough Roff Invitational

    The Class B second-ranked Asher Indians received a two-run homer from Tim Johnson and solid pitching from right-hander Caleb Dubler in registering a 7-6 victory over Class 2A second-ranked Dale to capture the championship of the 20th Annual Roff Spring Invitational on Saturday.


    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lady Cougar golfers Local Golf Results

    April 22, 2014

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-20 ada15,6-gsoc.jpg Ada girls soccer team defeats Madill

       Amaris Smitherman and Taylor Hodges each tallied a goal as the Ada High School girls’ soccer team rolled to a 2-1 district victory over host Madill on Friday night.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-20 roff baldridge.jpg Dale edges Roff in semifinal war

    Class 2A superpower Dale scored two runs in the top of the fifth inning to earn an emotionally charged 3-1 win over host Roff in a game that ended with Tigers head coach Ead Simon watching from the other side of the fence late Friday night at the 20th Annual Roff Spring Invitational.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-20 matison worcester.jpg Tushka tops Latta, 9-3

       Hard-hitting Tushka scored four runs in the top of the seventh to break open a tight game and pull away from shorthanded Latta 9-3 Friday in a winner’s bracket showdown of the 2014 Highway 1 Classic in Roff.

    April 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • 4-20 treston tully.jpg Treston Tully named Class 2A Player of the Year

       Treston Tully is the consummate all-around basketball player.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

AP Video