Ada — Round IV of the series between two Oklahoma prep legends shapes up for Friday night at Norris Field — Ada vs. Oklahoma City Douglass in the fourth meeting of the series, surprisingly all in this century. Ada leads, 2-1.
2013 and 2012
Shaking off a loss to McLoud last week, head coach Matt Weber’s Cougars (7-2, 5-1) are ready for their Class 4A-2 district championship battle with Douglass (8-1, 6-0).
In the Oklahoma City All-City Preview in the preseason, the big city paper showed No. 2 for Douglass taking down a Millwood runner. No. 2 is also shown rumbling out of the Trojan backfield with a handoff. Same guy, of course. It’s Deondre Clark in a repeat of last year, just more of the LSU commit on offense.
“He is not a run-over-you type like you would suspect, with his size and all (6-3, 240). He cuts, jumps, anything to get around you,” Weber said.
While Chris High and Chavez Wyatt topped 1,000 yards for Douglass a year ago, the current combo of Brandon Gaddis and Clark has churned out around 800 yards to keep the Trojans grounded.
Quarterback Patrick McKaufman is one Trojan seeking redemption from a year ago. The lanky sophomore was under tremendous pressure when called to action as a freshman, and he wound up firing the interception to Dakota Blackwell that ultimately saved the game for the Cougars, 26-21.
Manning McKaufman’s blind side at left tackle is another D-1 prospect in 6-5 and 270 senior Mildren Montgomery, up from 6-4 and 230 a year ago and boasting a seven-foot wingspan.
After two seasons of anchoring the offensive line, he is one of the most sought-after offensive linemen in the state this year. Montgomery is a June commit to Texas Tech.
Clark has already collected one state championship ring from 2010 as one of only two freshmen to play with the varsity.
Moses & White
When Ada head coach Matt Weber speaks of Douglass and longtime coach Stanford White, his tone and words reflect only admiration and respect.
White guided the Trojans from 1976 until his summer of 2004 retirement.
Current coach Willis Alexander brought the Trojans out of a down period from 2004-06 under longtime Trojan assistant Alonzo Shipp. He did it by returning to the discipline and values of the man he played under, Stanford White.
Though separated by a generation, White and Weber’s paths crossed while Weber was coaching in the Oklahoma City area.
“When I was an assistant at Carl Albert ('99-'03), we were in the same district and had some battles. They ran the wishbone then and ran it well,” Weber said.
White’s retirement coincided with Weber’s first stop as head coach, 2004-07 at Marlow.
The New Moses
The Cougars of a year ago were riding an undefeated, pretty much unchallenged season when they rolled into the new Moses F. Miller Stadium/Stanford White Field and the new Frederick H. Douglass High School.
The complex was financed by the MAPS for Kids sales tax. Some $30 million went into the site, with the new high school opening January 2006.
It was the first of three new high schools under MAPS for Kids. John Marshall and U.S. Grant followed. The new Grant was built on the old site. The new Marshall was built in far northwest Oklahoma City.
For Douglass, first came the demolition of the old stadium in January 2004 to make way for a new Douglass High. When the school was opened, the old school was demolished to serve as the site for the new stadium.
In 2007 the stadium opened partially, a late home opener with a win over Piedmont on Oct. 26. It was also the only home game, as first-year head coach Willis Alexander Jr. inaugurated the second coming of Moses F. Miller Stadium and the natural turf of Stanford White Field.
The Ada visit a year ago found Alexander still aglow over the new digs. The Cougars and fans found the new stadium to be state of the art, seating close to 7,500. The visitor stands are almost a mirror image of the home stands.
The new version of Moses F. Miller Stadium has the seating to handle the large Douglass fan base. In fact, few prep stadiums in the state have a better home field advantage, due to the combination of a highly motivated crowd and great teams.
A year ago, the Trojans were 20-3 at home since the new stadium opened, with nine straight wins on the home field. When the Cougars left, they were 20-4.
Like a year ago, the winner this year will be the district champ and the loser the runner-up. Both will host first-round playoff games, with the rest of the pack free to feed on third and fourth.
2004: Round I
During construction on the new stadium, for two years and the bulk of a third, Douglass played home games at venerable Taft Stadium, including a 2004, 35-0 loss to Ada in the first-ever meeting of the schools.
It was also the first year without White, who announced his retirement over the summer. After 27 years at the head of the program — 176 wins, a state championship, 14 consecutive years in the playoffs, dozens of players to college and several to the pros— former player and longtime assistant Alonzo Shipp was promoted to head coach.
The semifinals-bound Cougars were a buzzsaw, with Kerry Johnson in his third year at QB.
2005: At Norris I
Under Shipp, the Trojans evened the fledgling Ada-Douglass series at 1-1 the following year at Norris Field in a 22-21 thriller. Ada had a comfortable lead at the half, 21-6, and seemingly put the game on cruise control under sophomore QB Michael Roberts. Douglass then laid down the law, so to speak: Shawn Law Jr. The 6-0, 180-pounder put the pedal to the metal in one of the most impressive performances by the enemy at Norris Field in a bunch of years — 218 yards rushing and two TDs.
Black and White No. 1
In 1955 Douglass was on a 46-game winning streak until Nov. 3, when the Trojans faced the Capitol Hill Redskins, a prep kingpin in its own right in those days. In the last minute, Capitol Hill eked out a 13-6 victory.
That game played at Capitol Hill was the first time black and white football players played on the same field in Oklahoma. Oklahoma football legend Prentice Gautt played in the game.
Ironically, a year later Ada integrated with Napier High and several starters teamed up with Elvan George’s already state champ Cougars. They would win two more in ‘56 and ‘57.