Joe Claxton Guest Writer
At the end of Monday’s Week 2 practice, Ada High head coach Matt Weber called his seniors together at mid-field for some messages. “Take a knee,” he instructed. All complied. Except for tailback Chase Lott. He couldn’t. His right knee didn’t work anymore, especially in the metal leg-length brace that encased his leg.
The dreaded ‘initialese’ that surfaces quite frequently in football falls had struck the camp — MRI, ACL. The scant few options that come from a torn ACL were still being discussed, but the upshot of the situation is that the senior season for one of the gamest of Cougars as an underclassman was most likely over before it began.
As a valuable, versatile sophomore and junior, Lott played several position on offense and defense, whatever was needed. As a senior he was a solid as the starting tailback, the lone returner from 2012 with much yardage, 363 yards and a six-pack of touchdowns on 61 carries.
“I am so sorry for him. He will be a great loss for us. There are still decisions to be made, whether to try to rehab it or to cut on it and rehab that, maybe get him back for soccer,” Weber said. Lott was a mainstay for Tom Morrison’s soccer team.
The loss makes for an already thin crew in the backfield, probably the the thinnest in Weber’s six-year tenure.
Jeremiah Larry, newly cleared both athletically and academically for competition after a semester in Texas, probably moves up a notch from No. 2. Larry carried 16 times for 140 yards a year ago.
The Maroon/White scrimmage
Lott, noticeably limping during the delivery of the ADA’s Back media guide to advertisers on Friday and at the annual Media Day Saturday, was obvious in his absence when he did not participate in the Maroon/White intrasquad scrimmage that evening.
Ironically, Lott’s absense from the tailback slot made way for Larry. It was ‘Hats off to Larry’ on a 50-yard TD burst early in the scrimmage.
It was an all-White offense going against an all-Maroon clad defense, except for a few exceptions, notably 6-7 starting cornerback Cory Kilby slipping into a White jersey for some time at receiver and at quarterback after starter Tryce Prince and sophomore Dillon Briggs had their snaps. Newcomer Gabriel Simmons, a 5-11, 178 sophomore, also saw some time under center late in the scrimmage.
Prince & Co. operated behind two solid offensive lines.
O-line coach Nathan Elliott opened with returning starters Eli Flinn and Cam Large at center and left guard, respectively, right guard Marwin Dickerson, and tackles Dalton Woodward and Thomas Jim at tackles. Rounding out the ‘hands in the dirt’ crew was Garrett Beam at tight end and also at fullback.
Alternating with Larry in the backfield were Jake Martinez, Scott Johnson, Austin Feezel, Clayton Henry, Kane Moore and Colton Cosby to name a few. The receivers were Bryson Albert, Kilby, Trevin Hopkins, Levi Grimes, Ruslan Hinson, Dylan Haye, Montrell Black and others.
The alternate line — Gage Langley, Will Speed, Spencer Childers, Jake Bailey and Landon Coberly — ground out a long drive that ended with a score from the four by Briggs.
The Maroon defenders more or less stole the show, however, turning back series after series by the White offenders.
The solid D-line with ends Jacob Reed and Micah Simmer and Halen Ogles at noseguard backed by Riley Alexander made for a stiff front.
At drop end was Josh Horne with linebackers Kobe Bellard, Quinton Gregory and Beam subbed by Tristan Doffin, with Kilby, Larry, Johnson and Osahwv Frazier in the backfield.
Duncan next up
The Cougars returned to normal seventh hour practices Tuesday in preparation for Jim Holloway’s Duncan Demons coming to town Friday. The scrimmage will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the junior highs followed by the high schools at approximately 6:30 p.m.