Threading The Needle
Douglass didn’t pass much during the victory over Ada. But three of the four completions by quarterback Patrick McKaufman were longer than 30 yards, including the back-breaking 51-yard TD pass he somehow made to receiver Dameko Doddles, who was surrounded by Cougar defenders with 1:27 left in the game that put the Trojans ahead 24-18.
“We had three kids right there, and it seemed like it went through all of their hands. He made a good catch and a good run after the catch and that was the ballgame,” Weber said.
A 71-yard bomb from McKaufman to Shaputis in the first half also stung.
“Our kid was right in position where he needed to be. He was way deeper than their kid. He just big-time short-guessed it, and it went right over his head. That’s just part of football,” Weber said.
Still, Weber was proud of the way his team battled back from an 18-6 hole.
“They stayed in there and stayed after it when we were down and gave us a chance to win the game. It just didn’t go our way. They prepared as hard as they possibly could,” he said.
Welcome Back, Prince
Ada junior Tryce Prince, who was suffered a broken collarbone in Week 4 win over Mannford, will be back in action for the Cougars against Woodward. Weber said Prince could play a little bit of everywhere, depending on how his stamina holds up.
“We’re practicing him at several different positions. He’s returning kicks, he’s playing inside and outside receiver. And he’s getting some quarterback work,” Weber said. “Mainly where he’s going to be a big help to us is his leadership and back on the defensive side of the ball.”
“He’s excited to be back, and we’re excited to have him back. He’s looked really good in practice,” Weber continued.