The 2013 Ada High football team is going through a lot of rabbits these days. The Cougars pulled a few more out of their hat Friday night against Harrah.
Quarterback Cory Kilby found tight end Micah Simmer alone in the end zone with a 7-yard touchdown pass with 19 seconds left in the game to complete a clutch 80-yard drive, which helped No. 4 Ada secure a 29-24 victory over the 10th-ranked Panthers at Norris Field.
The Cougars have now won seven straight games since a season-opening loss to rival Ardmore to improve to 8-1 overall and 5-0 in District 4A-2 play. Harrah left town at 5-3 and 4-1.
“I know one thing. Our kids are mature beyond their years to be that resilient and come back over and over. I’m proud to be associated with a bunch like this,” said Ada head coach Matt Weber during a postgame celebration.
Things looked grim for Ada when Harrah playmaker Dak Stephens kicked a 34-yard field goal with 1:44 left in the game (and then booted the kickoff out of the end zone) to put the Panthers on top 24-23.
“We had a minute and 44 second to go 80 yards,” Weber pointed out.
The Cougars got a big chunk of that yardage when junior receiver Montrell Black made a sensational one-handed grab around the 45 and scurried down to the Harrah 32 on Ada’s second play of the drive.
Black would finish with four catches for 121 yards.
“His number hadn’t been called in the last couple of weeks. He made three or four just huge plays for us tonight. That one-handed catch was big,” Weber said.”There were a lot of big plays tonight.”
On third-and-six from the 28, Ada benefited from a defensive holding play that gave the Cougars a first down at the 18.
Kilby gained 14 yards on a keeper before he was knocked out at the 4 with 29 seconds left. After Stephens hit Ada tailback Austin Feezel for a 3-yard loss, Weber called time out with 25 seconds remaining.