After the Ada defense stiffened, the hosts got the ball back at midfield. Kilby then threw a perfect pass to Black, who had gotten 10 yards behind the Harrah secondary. Black caught the ball in strike and sped to the end zone for a 47-yard touchdown. Penick’s PAT put Ada on top 17-15 at the 5:49 mark of the third period.
The Panthers then used another time-consuming drive (16 plays, 74 yards, over nine minutes) that ended when Stephens scored from eight yards out on fourth down. The PAT was no good, leaving Harrah with a 21-17 lead with 8:28 to play. Harrah overcame a third-and-25 play (caused by a 12-yard QB sack by Kobe Bellard) when Jordan Jaworski hauled in a 21-yard pass, and Stephens just made it to the first-down marker on a fourth-and-five run.
Again the Cougars countered, this time after a 39-yard kickoff return by — you guessed it — Black. Tailback Shiloh Windsor had two big first-down runs on the drive that covered 61 yards. Gabriel Simons got Ada close with a 16-yard catch on third-and-long, and Kilby’s short 2-yard toss to Garrett Beam on fourth down — Harrah was clearly expecting a run on the play — put Ada on top 23-21 after the Panthers blocked the PAT attempt.
Kilby would finish 11-of-16 for 203 yards with the three touchdowns and two interceptions (both by Fredrickson).
Stephens — who finished with 72 yards rushing on 11 carries to lead the Harrah ground game — had a 34-yard scamper that helped set up the field goal that gave the visitors their last lead (24-23) with 1:44 left.
Ada is on the road in Week 9, traveling to McLoud (4-4, 2-3). The Redskins dropped a tough 13-7 decision to No. 3 Douglass on Friday in Oklahoma City.