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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.”

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