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October 24, 2013

Ada hosts Harrah in 4A-2 showdown

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Weber said he thought they were an up-and-coming team even during the 2012 41-point runaway win.

“Last year, we caught fire in the first half and kind of put it out of reach. I think they were a lot better last year that that score indicated.

Harrah doesn’t try to hide what they like to do on offense. The Panthers try to overpower opponents at the line of scrimmage and run the ball and run it some more.

“They’re a power running team. They have three really good running backs. They’re probably licking their chops after watching last week’s film (of the Ada versus Glenpool game),” Weber said, referring to the 339 rushing yards the Cougars gave up in their Week 7 matchup with the Warriors.

Sophomore Dylan Queen leads a vaunted Harrah rushing attack that has produced 247 rushing yards a game. Through seven games, Queen has rushed 119 times for 658 yards and has scored eight touchdowns. Dak Stephens has added 52 carries for 345 yards while Hunter Goodwin completes a three-headed monster with 40 carries for 320 yards.

“(Stephens) is kind of the speedster of the bunch. (Queen) is a 215-220 pound tailback and he can run, too. (Goodwin is kind of a scat back. They all bring a little different flavor to the same plays they run,” Weber said.

Although Harrah doesn’t throw the ball around much, senior quarterback Zach Hamblin has completed 28-of-60 passes for 660 yards with eight touchdowns and six interceptions.

“And they’re really, really big. They’re the best team we’ve played since Ardmore,” Weber said.

Pre-Halloween scare

Weber didn’t mince words when discussing his team’s close call at Glenpool last week.

“The best thing we can say about that is we got out of there with a win,” he said. “I don’t want this to sound disrespectful toward their team ... but we didn’t play well. I can’t tell you how they played, for whatever reason we just didn’t play well. But we’re not going to base our whole season on one game.”

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