The Ada coach said he and other 4A coaches believe the quest for a state championship is pretty wide open.
“I don’t think hardly anyone will have an easy time with their first-round game. Usually one team will get really hot at the right time and balls will bounce their way, and I think that happened with the state champion last year. Clinton was a very good team but they got hot at the right time. I think coach (Mike) Lee would tell you that. We hope it’s the Ada Cougars that get hot at the right time this year,” Weber said.
Eight touchdowns were scored during Ada’s 30-18 loss to No. 3 Douglass last week and neither team was able to convert on a PAT attempt.
Weber and company would have loved to have found out what would have happened if the Cougars had taken a 19-18 fourth-quarter lead instead of just tying the game after Isiah Shaputis blocked Ada’s final PAT kick.
Ada had the ball deep in its own territory with the game tied at 18-18 with under three minutes to play. Strategy may have been different if the hosts had managed to take the lead.
“I think if we had made one of those, you’d have to think ... if we had a one-point lead with about two and a half minutes to go, we’re bleeding the clock,” Weber said.
After further review, Ada kick Todd Penick should have gotten another attempt after his final PAT kick was blocked.
“On that last kick, their kid was about two yards offsides, and they didn’t call it. It wasn’t even close. I watched it back on film, and he was way offsides. I don’t know how they missed that,” Weber said. “One PAT would have certainly changed the complexion of the game. I’m sure they had a lot of ifs and buts on their side, too.”